Removing a .pkg in OS X


macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 7, 2006
I installed a file in .pkg format. Now I want to get rid of it but unfortunately it didn't come with an uninstaller. So I open up the .pkg file in /Library/Receipts and then choose File/Show files and this is what it shows:

I really don't get that much info out of it. I.e what files are safe to remove? That CpMac file seems to be a file that is in /Developer/Tools and seems pretty important. Also where are the files located?

I.e when I checked the receipt for the boot camp assistant at least I get a folder path where it's installed:

./Applications/Utilities/Boot Camp
./Applications/Utilities/Boot Camp
./Applications/Utilities/Boot Camp
./Applications/Utilities/Boot Camp
Anyone with some bright ideas? :)


macrumors 68000
Mar 29, 2003
gman71882 said:
I may be mistaken but i thought anything with a "." infront of it meant it was in the trash.
I think that's wrong. Files that begin with a "." are hidden, but not (necessarily) in the trash.


macrumors 68020
Jun 15, 2012
Holy thread necromancy, Batman! However:

Use the application Pacifist by Charlesoft to open the original package. It will show you more clearly where the files are installed and allow you to uninstall them.