Uninstaller
Uninstaller
1.15.1

4.3

Uninstaller free download for Mac

Uninstaller1.15.1

16 November 2011

Auto-delete newly added files and folders.

Overview

Note: Uninstaller is no longer under development, and it is no longer available for sale.

Uninstaller is a Mac OS X native software that allows you to uninstall applications or just find changes made in a disk or folder by taking snapshots of file system hierarchy and comparing them between two dates.

What's new in Uninstaller

Version 1.15.1
  • Bug fix about archive and restore features which fail with files embedding a resource fork when running Uninstaller on OS X 10.7 only.
  • Backward compatibility: in response to many user requests, Uninstaller 1.15.1 can be used with Mac OS X 10.6 or OS X 10.7.

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38 Reviews of Uninstaller

5
xXAkumuXx
23 March 2011
Version: 1.14

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Even though this is an older app, it's quite frankly... amazing. I wish the developer would continue development, but it still works in Snow Leopard. The only app that is similar to this is CleanApp, which has a monitoring daemon that lets you remove any modifications/files that a particular app has done. I use both, and I couldn't be happier. 5 stars. ^_^
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fiery12
21 April 2016
Version: 1.15.1
If the developer is reading this, please don't discontinue this great product. You may open source it and put on GitHub. Your app works on Yosemite and El Capitan and I'm sure that there are users who will need this app in the next OS X update (that may break something). I can't imagine installing anything without the MacMagna Uninstaller and there is no other Mac app that makes file system diffs.
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5
Gog4
11 December 2015
Version: 1.15.1
Congratulations!
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fiery12
11 January 2015
Version: 1.15.1
This is exactly the uninstaller app I was looking for. Comparing system snapshots is a very good approach and this app works very well so far (tested on latest OS X 10.10.1). However, as a long time user of Total Uninstall for Windows (with similar functionality and price $30-$40), I can compare both apps and this is what I think MacMagna needs to improve in their Uninstaller app:

1. A list of monitored applications ready for uninstall. That's the main purpose of the app. Saving all results in separate files somewhere in the Finder needs to be automatically organized inside the app. The Uninstaller even doesn't ask to save the results when quitting it.
2. There are a lot of confusing commands. For example all list, lists, saved/current states commands. At first glance user just can't find which of the save/export commands will just save the results for the installed app. Also, when quitting the app only the former state is saved instead of the state after the comparison.
3. A convenient command (including Toolbar button) to remove an item from the list (Cmd + -) is not very convenient. "Del" button would be fine.
4. I can't find how to save the options with directories excluded from scan. Uninstaller just starts with the default exclusion list.
5. Finally, lack of updates since 2011 and lack of info that this app works on Yosemite may discourage all those that want to try it. On top of that, app is not sold separately, but users are forced to purchase a bundle with another app (which may be a good one). Please, allow separate purchase of the Uninstaller.

Since I gave 4 starts for the app I should commend it that it works as expected and is the only Mac tool (which I found) that currently can find all leftovers of installed apps (I haven't tried CleanApp with its background service). I tried AppDelete and it can't even come close to a simple Finder search than to talk of any comparison with Uninstaller. Indeed, Uninstaller is for advanced users until MacMagna make something about the above points.
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WetNet
02 November 2014
Version: 1.15.1
I don't want FileFinder. I use another well trusted sandboxed version. How much just for the Uninstaller?
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GeogProf
20 January 2014
Version: 1.15.1
Utterly ridiculous price. Even if it worked ten times better than all the other apps in this category, like the FREE AppCleaner or the $8 best-in-class iTrash, this functionality is not worth more than $14. This developer is both greedy and delusional.
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bbw7
27 May 2013
Version: 1.15.1
Has anyone else encountered this issue with this app?: After unzipping the download file, the .app file has no icon. This is the case for both vers. 1.14 and 1.15.1. Getting info on the bundle file/folder also shows no icon. I am not having this problem with any other apps, so I don't think it is an issue with Finder. Besides this the app seems to behave fine.
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4.5
Zx81
20 March 2013
Version: 1.15.1
I had forgotten about this little app I had bought in 2006. Discovered that my license was still valid (Thanks dev!) and also found it runs fine under 10.7.5 One just has to be extra careful...
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Xenophile
12 October 2012
Version: 1.15.1
I hope this is not abandoned, because it's a unique uninstaller utility. I use this when I'm evaluating new software that features installers that spread files all over my system drive. Use uninstaller to take a snapshot of the file system before and after installing, and it provides a list of all the files installed. Beautiful. Unfortunately the latest OS X version referenced on the developer's website is Snow Leopard.
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-titanium-
27 November 2011
Version: 1.15.1
I liked this app for many years. But installed in Lion, it seems to have issues. Every time I use the app, Lion gets lost of several system preferences. For example, I prefer to set the menu bar to be not transparent (set in System Preferences -> Desktop), but after using Uninstaller, the bar is semi-transparent again. It happens every time...
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xXAkumuXx
23 March 2011
Version: 1.14
Even though this is an older app, it's quite frankly... amazing. I wish the developer would continue development, but it still works in Snow Leopard. The only app that is similar to this is CleanApp, which has a monitoring daemon that lets you remove any modifications/files that a particular app has done. I use both, and I couldn't be happier. 5 stars. ^_^
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Hauslendale
03 March 2011
Version: 1.14
Love this app. The best at what it does. All other uninstaller apps just play around compared to this. One thing that makes me nervous is we are now in 2011 and the developer has not made any updates from 2009. Root mode is still tweaky in Snow Leopard, and the app could use a fresh update just to polish up the functions. I just hope the developer stays with this app. I like many would hate to see this app fall away.
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5
Designer
28 November 2010
Version: 1.14
I don't like to think of Uninstaller as an Uninstaller per say. It's a magical app that can capture a snapshot of every file on your system and save it as a state. You can then install something or essentially do anything with your system and then run a state comparison. Uninstaller beautifully displays every new file, every modified file and every deleted file since your original snapshot. Sure, it can be used as an installer but I use it to monitor exactly what a software installation does to my system so I can then delete every last trace of it if I want - right down to the hidden core system level. I can't give this app enough praise. I've used it for years and it's never let me down. Love it!
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anonymous-rabbit-2521
16 October 2009
Version: 1.14
The Macmagna.com web hosting service provider has some technical problems today. A mirror site of macmagna.com is available here: http://macmagna.free.fr/
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scotteg
02 September 2009
Version: 1.12.2
Step 1 of the procedure to use Uninstaller is to, "Open Uninstaller in "Root mode." Yet the version 1.12.2 notes state, "10.6 limitation: the preferences option 'Make Uninstaller a root application' does not work under MacOS 10.6 and has been disabled for such systems. Note that except this, Uninstaller is fully functional under MacOS 10.6." So is it necessary to, e.g., open Uninstaller via Terminal on Snow Leopard in order to achieve full functionality?: sudo /Applications/Uninstaller & Psuedo is an application that will allow drag-and-drop opening of an application as root, but it hasn't been developed since 2002 so I I don't know if it's compatible with 10.6. Thanks
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Samadore
07 November 2008
Version: 1.12.1
Uninstaller is the ONLY stable (am keeping my eye on CleanApp) app uninstaller that lets you ensure you see EVERYTHING that an application installation puts on your hard drive. Trust me. Use this, see the items it shows you were just installed by an app and you'll realize that all the other purported 'app cleaners' do nothing but drag the app from your application folder and maybe find the odd ~/Library/Preference file and on a really good day a User cache file. It's interesting and useful to see the plethora of files (and where they go) some of these application installations scatter all over our hard drives. Can also be used as a re-installer and has uses beyond simple application file management. Plus you get to try the other products in the MacMagna stable.
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anonymous-rabbit-2521
15 February 2008
Version: 1.12
Perhaps we are not using the same version because the behavior you describe is similar to the one used in the previous release v.1.11 not in v.1.12. In Uninstaller 1.12: - "Save" just scan and save the item state. - "Compare" just scan and compare against the saved state. and: - "Save" DO NOT compare after the scan. - "Compare" DO NOT save any state. Please let me know if the version you use really works differently.
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Mrokii
15 February 2008
Version: 1.12
I am sorry, there seems to be no way to edit a review so I have to use another one. There was a typo in my last comment. The last sentence should read "...then make a *comparison*...", not "computer". Don't know how this got in there :-)
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Mrokii
15 February 2008
Version: 1.12
Maybe I am the only one but I think the new behaviour of 1.12 is very un-intuitive compared to how it worked before. Reasons: 1. The toolbar-buttons do other things than their label suggests. 2. "save" not only saves the state, but it does a compare again. Totally useless and unnecessary as I only want to actually "save" but not want to compare again. 3. It is not clear to the user that "compare" actually not only compares but also saves the new found state. This is bad for several reasons. In my opinion, "save" should only be available in two cases: 1. There is no earlier state 2. right after a "compare" and only once. "Compare" should really do only "compare" and no save at all. The reason? The user may only test try a comparison to see if anything has changed. He might decide to leave Uninstaller without saving, install something else and then make a computer which then would include the unsaved changes plus new found entries.
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anonymous-rabbit-2521
13 February 2008
Version: 1.12
Unlike previous versions, Uninstaller 1.12 use a different behavior to do its job. The new uninstall process: 1) Select your main disc/folder and do just "Save" (this create/update the saved state) 2) Install your new app, use it, create documents, etc... 3) Do "Compare" (this create the current state and compare it to the saved state) Now Uninstaller show you New, Modified and Removed items since 1) 4) Review New items and delete unwanted files. That's all. Optionally, you can update the saved state by doing "Save" again after 4) if you consider to compare later your disc/folder from this point.
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vampyren
06 December 2007
Version: 1.10.5
I have tested most of the so called uninstallers and i must say this is the only software that finds everything. all others do not find hidden files and leave files behind. On the other hand, i think it is a little to complex to all the time exclude files not related to the install. I have lots of excluded files in my list by now. Would be nice if there were some predefined list. Still i think this is a great software so i have payed for it. One feature i miss is the ability to add more items to an existing log. Also i have to scan, save state twice each time i exclude something which is a bit to overkill. There is some room for improvments still but overall a great software.
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Xenos
29 October 2007
Version: 1.10.5
it's a real pain with people like THECAUSE, comparing apples with pears. when reviewing a software, one would be supposed to knowing what they are talking about. if it comes to seriously tracking down all new, deleted and changed files implied by an installation, you quietly can forget the whole palette of all other applications like CleanApp, Appzapper etc... Uninstaller is the only working means of being notified about any installation process - provided you know to apply it correctly, i.e. doing an analysis and saving it before the installation begins.
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anonymous-rabbit-2521
29 May 2007
Version: 1.10.5
If you "Scan and Save" just before the install and then "Scan and Compare" just after the install, as mentioned in the help, no system files could appear in the "New items" found excepted if you do this while MacOSX is updating itself, which is not a good idea. To avoid catching unwanted files and to reduce, as close as possible, the found items to these relative to the installation process, i recommend to close all other applications before monitoring an installation with Uninstaller.
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Shmack
19 May 2007
Version: 1.10.5
wrongo - what about invisible files and files that directly incfluence the system such as background daemons etc.? this is when it becomes messy. and a non-geek could easily ruin the entire system by trying to get rid of these.
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anonymous-basilisk-4760
29 March 2007
Version: 1.10.5
This utility has a 15 day trial - great! I can see if it works, then buy it. Wait a minute - in addition to the time limitation, it's also feature disabled. So to demo it, I have to specifically install some app that only affects my home folder. So I can't just install something I was going to install anyway, because that install files out of reach of the "demo scan" of the home folder. Is it really that dangerous to the dev's livelihood to just time-limit the demo? Why make the act of "checking out the program" more labor intensive than really required? Let's just keep pruning features away from the demo - how about only recognizing apps that start with the letter Q? Jeez - because the only way I can test this within the "need to see what was changed _on my computer_" definition, I must now buy it to demo it. I'm now going to purchase to demo. It may very well be great, we'll see, but come on!
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anonymous-rabbit-2521
09 March 2007
Version: 1.10.5
Yes sometimes applications could be uninstalled by just trashing them to the trash and sometimes not. I think you have to post the same comment for the popular AppZapper ( http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20306 ) which do exactely what you suggest for $12.95 and like you miss some files, package receipts, custom libraries, private frameworks, tmp files, log files, hidden files, etc... when "uninstalling" an application. Uninstaller do more than just searching for some name related files in some basic folders: Uninstaller compares file system hierarchies item by item and can also be used to find changes in any folder or disk of your choice between two dates. Additionally, i suggest you first download and test the shareware before posting a comment on it. This does not apply only to Uninstaller, of course.
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Jslmg
09 March 2007
Version: 1.10.5
Another anonymous reviewer, writing in November 2003, suggested a command-line way to do what this app does. Generally, there is another, even less tricky way to get rid of whatever an installation puts on one's computer, by hand and using nothing but the Finder. When you install an application, it will usually put everything in three locations--that's it, just three locations. If you know where those locations are, you can usually uninstall by dragging to trash. Here are the three locations to check: (1) simply trash the application package itself--that's the most obvious first step. (2) look in your home folder for "Library," then "Application Support". Look for any folders bearing the name of the application there. Trash it. (3) go back to the "Library" level in home, and look for the "Preferences" folder. Look in preferences for any files bearing the name of the application (sometimes it's the maker of the application) you want to delete. Trash them. Then, empty trash. That's really all there is to it. Some applications--but not very many--will also deposit files in the system level. To check this, open the hard drive, open "Library," open "Application Support," and repeat as above. Then, open "Preferences" folder, repeat as above. You can usually do all of this without logging in as root. And again: Thanks to Spotlight, we can now perform searches for any remaining files an application has left behind. The whole operation only takes me about one or two minutes, and I get to use the resources already available. I don't need to pay $25. Which brings me to my real point: What does this app do that I couldn't do myself? Why is it worth $25 when it's already so easy on a Mac to have full control? This app WOULD be a great little convenience tool if it were free. I'd download it in a heartbeat, but I'm not going to pay $25 for something I can easily do myself for free.
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Hauslendale
05 December 2006
Version: 1.10
When I right click on an item in the list and selete (Get Info) The "Finder" will become active but no info panel will show up. This is the only bug I find in this wonderful app. Testing on 10.4.8 2.66 GHZ INTEL Core 2 Duo
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Mousee
04 December 2006
Version: 1.10
Thanks a lot for that upgrade bringing Uninstaller to the Intel side of the Macintosh. Startup and process are much faster. A question though: RosettaTest still sees Uninstaller 1.1 as running under Rosetta, even though the "Open using Rosetta" box in the Uninstaller's Finder informations window is not checked. Any idea why?
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Mrokii
28 March 2006
Version: 1.9.9
Great tool for keeping your system clean and remove whatever you have installed. Shows just any file that is installed and/or created by any program. Plus it's quite easy to use and the file-listings can be saved. Just great, imho, and worth the money. The new additions (setting color of deleted files, for example) makes it even easier to use.
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Anonymous
01 November 2005
Version: 1.9.8
$19 is expensive. I think it is too much. That said, Uninstaller is great if you "play" with your system. Two or three times it saved me a full reinstallation. It is good to track files too.
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Anonymous
02 November 2004
Version: 1.9.6
The great "Installer Observer 3.0" (Classic only) was much better ... and free. http://allmacintosh.xs4all.nl/preview/207015.html
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2.25
Kevin
27 March 2004
Version: 1.9.5
Tried to use the simple drag and drop technique as described in the help section but it didn't work removing the Canon EOS application and folders.
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2.5
Anonymous
27 November 2003
Version: 1.9.2
Install Observer was a cool tool in OS 9, too bad it does not work in OS X. Uninstaller works but it is too expensive. OK for $5 but 20!!! So let's find another way if you are not afraid to look under the hood. Thanks to BSD, it is pretty easy to make your own uninstaller. 1°) Log in root mode and open Terminal: cd / ls -aLRT > /step1.txt 2°) Log in you user account, install the untrusted application, launch the app, try a few functions, save a file, quit the app. Don't use another app! 3°) Log in root mode and open Terminal: cd / ls -aLRT > /step2.txt 4°) Now use FileMerge (install Apple's Dev Tools or extract it with Pacifist) to compare step1.txt and step2.txt. Use Command-down to go from a change to another, to find new files created by the untrusted application. Now you can easily control or delete what this app put on your hard drive. This method is not as sexy as Uninstaller, but when you're used to it, it works very well, quickly, especially if you can't pay 20 bucks for a cute but overpriced tool.
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4.75
Anonymous
13 November 2003
Version: 1.9.2
Works great - just like Bruce said (pretty good directions on how to use it). It is reminiscent of Installer Observer, but I think that this app will actually do more - it DOES give you the ability to see all changes made after an installation and use of an app. I know it has more features, but I haven't gotten to them yet; I think that they will be useful, though.
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4.25
Anonymous
01 October 2003
Version: 1.9.2
Re. working like Installer Observer in OS9 - no, it doesn't work exactly the same. - It takes a bit of time to get familiar with its design, but when you do, I find it very reliable. (Though I have not tried to compare an older saved UIS image to new). - Prior to install new SW, do a Scan Item, then Save State. Now install and try new SW. Then relaunch Uninstaller, do a Scan Item (same one as first time) and it shows what is different from the last time you hit 'Save State'. - To remove view of unnecessary files, must manually right click on one or several, and select 'Delete from list'. (reg. user of 1.8, 1.9.2)
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Stephan
27 June 2003
Version: 1.9
Maybe I am just too dumb but it seems to me that it isn't possible to use this proggie like "Installer Observer", or is it? Seems as if I can't compare two saved states with each other to see the changes made after an earlier installtion. Can I only compare a saved one with the actual state? If so, the proggie would show some interesting entries together with a lot of unnecessary garbage...? ;-(
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4.75
Anonymous
07 April 2003
Version: 1.7.7
Just getting better and better.
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Anonymous
20 February 2003
Version: 1.6.2
best app i know to monitor, what an installer is doing, or what an app is doing on your hard drive. 1.6.3 will be perfect!!! full throttle, phil
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