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macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 4, 2015
Hello, I really hate those .pkg installation. It installs files in all different directories. A lot of the time, one doesn't know what files installed into which directory. When try to uninstall it, you one won't know whether it is a clean uninstall. Any suggestions?
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macrumors member
Jul 23, 2015
Not a Mini-specific question, but a good question anyway so let me give this a shot. The challenge isn't necessarily finding the files, but knowing which files are safe to remove. If you are not sure, I'd recommend leaving them alone. It's always best to move files instead of delete, until you know for sure they can be removed. Always have a backup at the ready (good advice no matter what).

If you're lucky, the developer might have hidden a uninstaller app inside the .pkg or possibly in the .app file. Right-click the .pkg, select "Show Package Contents" and look in the folders for an uninstall app or script. Do the same for the application itself and see if something helpful is in there.

But even if you do find an uninstaller, sometimes they don't get rid of everything so there's other things that can be checked. I recommend a free, very nice utility called Suspicious Package that allows you to look inside .pkg files and see what they are installing:

Look at the Use and the FAQ links for more information. I am not affiliated with the developers, I just feel this software is worth checking out.


Mar 17, 2007
Pacifist does the same thing allows to see where a package will install files, then you can remove them manually on the command line using sudo rm /path/to/files/installed.


macrumors regular
Sep 18, 2014
This is really interesting information. I didn't start the thread, but thanks for the information!
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