Uninstalling Growl?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by guru_ck, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    So I installed Adium and as part of the package it installed Growl. I've decided that I prefer not to use Adium so I dragged the application from my Applications folder to the Trash. My question is how do I remove Growl from my system? The icon is still showing up in System Preferences...

    This is one caveat I have over Windows. Apple should make an uninstaller to completely remove all necessary components.
  2. macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Here you go.

    Growl notifications can be used by dozens of apps, so even an uninstaller program wouldn't have clear information as to if you wanted to remove it when you delete Adium, because you may have other apps (such as iTunes or Mail) for which you want to use Growl.
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Exactly Growl can be used by lots of things. So far I use it with the following applications :


    Personally I think it is pretty useful :).
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Yeah I saw that when searching on Google earlier. I didn't have the folder with the uninstall script in it so I thought I'd ask here first.

    I ended up reinstalling the application just so that I could uninstall it using the automated script.

    Sounds like Growl is pretty useful... I actually have some entries for Transmission and Yahoo Messenger in there. I looked through the tabs but I didn't really understand it. It looks like it creates pop up windows or something?

    Thanks guys. I've only owned my MBP for two days :).
  5. macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    It creates little pop up notifications. For example, when iTunes switches songs or when you receive new mail (using the Growltunes and Growlmail additions). I'm guessing the Transmission one will tell you when a file finishes downloading and the Yahoo one can tell you who comes online, etc.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I'd recommend leaving Growl there for a little while. It's a pretty harmless application that doesn't do much, but it's nice to have it there for when you do need it.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2008
    This is how you remove Growl.


    Don't let the computer boss you around. If you want to remove something, you should be able to remove it. Saying "it is nice to have it there when you need it" when you don't actually need it means you don't have any clue on how to remove it, and you've given up attempting to remove it.
  8. macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2008
    East coast
    hey, I just noticed I have this app in my system preferences. Any idea how it got there? I looked at it online, I am not even sure what it does. Any easy answer on why it is here and what it does?

  9. macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    Stuffit uses Growl as well. :)
  10. macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2006
    This script does not work. It is asking to locate something called "GrowlHelper.app"
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2008
    Uninstalling Growl

    Perfect Answer - Very Simple
    Thanks for the help.

    macrumors newbie

    Join Date: Aug 2008
    This is how you remove Growl.


    Don't let the computer boss you around. If you want to remove something, you should be able to remove it. Saying "it is nice to have it there when you need it" when you don't actually need it means you don't have any clue on how to remove it, and you've given up attempting to remove it
  12. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    One of my absolute biggest complaints about windows is a @#$%^ bubble popping up giving me notifications about stuff I know I already did.

    Growl is completely unacceptable on my mac.
    Growl HAS GOT TO GO!
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2010
    Re: Growl

    This application should NOT be installed as a third party app by any application. Not only is it an insult to one's intelligence, but the amout of memory this thing consumes, beggers belief. Here we have yet another 'Messenger' application that will deliver untold garbage to your desktop, as Messenger did in the Windows system.

    I do not need to be told on every occasion of what I am doing on my computer. Had I wanted to install this application, I would have gone to the website and downloaded it, then installed it.

    The fact that it is being installed as a third party app by other applications like Tweetie makes my blood run cold.

    As to the Reubs, this application is not exactly harmless. Its a process hog that will spam your desktop at every given opportunity, and it is unnecessary for the running of your computer.

    People get rid of this insidious piece of trash and keep a look out in case it is installed by any other applications.

    To the makers of this software I'd say: *^@* Off

    Rant over.
  14. macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2008
    If you follow the instructions mentioned on the link above from the Growl website, it only gets rid of this preference pane:
    /Users/~user name~/Library/PreferencePanes/Growl.prefPane

    If you really want to COMPLETELY get rid of Growl, get rid of these folders as well:
    /Users/~user name~/Library/Caches/com.Growl.GrowlHelperApp
    /Users/~user name~/Library/Preferences/com.Growl.GrowlHelperApp.plist
    /Users/~user name~/Library/Application Support/Growl
  15. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    London, UK
    Thank Gawd for this forum - been wanting to get rid of this thing. I reckon if you install Adium it gets on there somehow. Yuk. Thank goodness its gone. :p
  16. macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2007
    Adium asks you if you want to install it if you do not change the Events preferences to Audio Notifications. I think the official Dropbox release installs it without asking or maybe only if you tell it to. Look at http://www.growl.info for information as to why you may have Growl on your system without knowing. I recently uninstalled it too because I found it useless to me. I got more and more upset at those notifications. Even despite me turning them off from within Growl some new app would hook onto Growl and give me popups. I didn't want that hassle.

    Great for some I guess.
  17. macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2008
    Growl uninstaller does NOT uninstall Growl

    This is what you have to do. The Growl uninstaller does NOT uninstall Growl.
    Thank you applephysci
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2007
    Blue Marble

    I tried contacting Growl via twitter because I couldnt find any "real" contact info on their site. They just referred me to a supposed contact page & IGNORED my question. Why not just answer the question on twitter?!?

    Anyway... the whole reason I contacted them was because, now they've tacked a FEE onto the end user. WHAT? I could care less about their little notification I see every once in a blue moon that either they've implemented or a developer has implemented into their software. Why would I pay for that?

    So for me... it's coming off, too!!
  19. macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2013
    uninstall growl

    do yourself a favour and get "Mac Keeper" uninstalls everything you want easily. Sure it wasn't created by apple and you'll have to spend money for it, but it makes up for all the other crap you have to buy for windows, plus it works really well and support is awesome.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Hmmm... just signed up today to necropost an advertisement. I wonder who you work for.

    Anyway, growl web site specifically says mac keeper doesn't work worth a crap for removing growl.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2014
    Good advice on Growl Uninstall

    Thanks applephysci! The pop-ups for updates for this program which I didn't even install were really beginning to bug me--as well as knowing something had been added to my computer without my knowledge.
  22. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you elect to use uninstaller apps, be aware that in most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.
    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:

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