I and most here use AppCleaner. No frills.
AppCleaner has worked well for me, but if the vendor offers an uninstaller, use it before trying any third party uninstaller.
Based on some recommendations earlier, I also have started using AppCleaner and in my testing so far it has not missed anything the manual method mentioned in post #4 removed. It appears the app is just automating the search process described in that post.
Not really... no. There are almost always some settings and cache files and folders left behind. For example, here is what I get by using AppCleaner on the app Skitch.Glad I ran into this thread. Sorry, in advance, for asking this stupid question. To me, "uninstalling" means just throwing an application folder into the garbage bin and empty the bin. It's not enough?
Agreed, it's just easier. Manual will take some time.Based on some recommendations earlier, I also have started using AppCleaner and in my testing so far it has not missed anything the manual method mentioned in post #4 removed. It appears the app is just automating the search process described in that post.
Ah, thanks! After reading your post, I think the name "AppCleaner" totally makes sense.
Personally, I wouldn't use one.
If the app came with an uninstaller then use that. However, just dragging the app from the /Applications folder to the trash is usually good enough.
There may be some associated gubbins in ~/Library but personally, I tend to leave it an just have a clear out once in a while when I've nothing better to do.
I don't personally see the need for an app to do that.
Which is perfectly true but on a Mac, those caches and settings files left behind generally aren't actually doing anything except eating up disk space once the actual app itself has been removed.
I think that is mostly true, but over time it can add up to real disk space. I just feel better getting it all removed.Which is perfectly true but on a Mac, those caches and settings files left behind generally aren't actually doing anything except eating up disk space once the actual app itself has been removed.
I am not in a position to dispute whether or not Appcleaner gets all files, but it does get some caches. I just ran it with Adobe lightroom and it found 24 files/locations to delete, 3 of these were cache folders. But it did not find the ~49 GB camera raw cache.No cleaner or app removal software does a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. Most will remove smaller files, such as plists, but leave behind caches,
I'm not sure that 5 and 8 year old posts are still relevant.
The post is still quite relevant, since the method of uninstalling apps remains the same, and uninstaller apps like AppCleaner are still not effective in removing all associated files, as your post illustrates.I'm not sure that 5 and 8 year old posts are still relevant.
My take on it then would be use the applications uninstaller if it is provided. Appcleaner does a reasonable job if that isn't available.
Without re-reading the "old" posts, I'm quite confident in stating that I'm sure the above is not what was suggested. Manual deletion involves more than that one act.If you don't do a clean install when doing upgrades, even assuming a much lower # files per app, you are talking hundreds if not thousands of leftover files if you just delete the app from applications.
It is not being suggested to just drag the app to the Trash. It depends on what you want the end result to be.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 a thorough job.
The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
Best way to FULLY DELETE a program
No, and Yes.
It's a matter of symantics. If it had read "to delete just the application executable drag the .app file to the trash. .... If you also want to remove all associated files ..." I would not have commented.
My definition of deleting an application is that after removal no trace of that app (i.e., no associated files such as preferences, etc.) remains. But your definition may be different.