AppCleaner
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AppCleaner allows you to uninstall your apps easily.

It searches the files created by the applications and you can delete them quickly.
What's New
Version 2.2.3:
  • Fix SmartDelete error when upgrading from an older version.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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AppCleaner User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
(173)
Your rating: Now say why...
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+1

+4

Gabriel Radic reviewed on 25 Mar 2014
Works very well, can wipe App Store apps' Container folders. It's free.
[Version 2.2.3]


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+1

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jwjb reviewed on 19 Mar 2014
AppCleaner is a great app although on occasion it has missed some installation files which I was able to find and delete using EasyFind.
[Version 2.2.3]


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+15

Maylbu reviewed on 07 Mar 2014
Great app, does what it says. Simple efficient.
[Version 2.2.3]


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-3

Palex reviewed on 28 Feb 2014
Great and free utility
[Version 2.2.3]


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+197

GeoProf reviewed on 20 Jan 2014
I appreciate that the developer offers AppCleaner for free. However, it’s not an effective app (not on OS 10.6.8, at least). I compared it against iTrash (a good app that’s well priced) and CleanApp, which just sucks now (it was once the best, but now it’s a hot mess of disparate functions that are already offered for free in other OS X utilities, and its basic uninstall function is crap). AppCleaner failed to find all of the associated files for each of the 4 apps I tested on it — all of which were found handily by iTrash without even using its ‘Expert’ or ‘Ghost’ modes.

There used to be a few other good apps in this category, but some have either been abandoned or were upgraded to no longer work on OS 10.6.8 (like AppDelete and CleanMyMac).
[Version 2.2.1]

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Psychiatry replied on 25 Jan 2014
AppDelete is still actively supported. It is even on sale on MacUpdate as of 01/25/2014. I love AppDelete.

I agree that AppCleaner does an inferior job to AppDelete - sad to say.
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-2

+72
Cattus-Thraex replied on 28 Feb 2014
Your 2 stars are a lot below its real value, dear GeoProf. If you dislike it, you may freely choose another app. Just admitting it did not detect ALL associated files, 2 stars is too low, you may have offered 4 stars, if you feel like judging objectively. Hm...
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piquadratpi2 replied on 28 Feb 2014
AppDelete is meanwhile my favourite, well supported and very good programmed. It is small and fast and let you undo every step. And it is not expensive. I tried AppCleaner too but this App doesn't find important hidden files during its work. But I would give 3 or 4 stars instead of two, because it does its work for normal users without problems and it is a free application.
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+1

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JCH2 replied on 28 Feb 2014
If you would like to do your own rating and provide and explanation of why, then please do so. Multiple reviews (if well reasoned) are what we all want. Do not try to tell someone else what their rating should be... especially those of your who do not provide reasoning about the actual operation of the application... and not what you think it does by just looking at the screen.

While I may not entirely agree with GeoProf, I too have noticed AppDelete does not perform well in finding all associated files. There are (many) times when doing so is critical for being able to cleanly reinstall later and/or (occasionally) avoid interference when installing a competing product or one that is in a different category of function. AppDelete has left straggler files that cause d problems in both cases.
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+93
Sigil replied on 19 Mar 2014
I agree. The app does miss related files. Hazel being the good maid that she is always cleans up after AppCleaner.
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+110

June8 reviewed on 28 Dec 2013
Better than many other shareware un-installers. This one always finds more files than others.
[Version 2.2.1]


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+115

Y-Guy reviewed on 15 Dec 2013
Just like my Mac, it just works! It's a wonderful uncluttered interface that purges the various files, but allows you to see what's being nuked before it happens so you can confirm and verify.
[Version 2.2.1]


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+1

+1

avengery reviewed on 23 Nov 2013
very easy , simple and accurate
nice work developer .. are you planning for updates ?
[Version 2.2.1]


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+1

+66

Dougster reviewed on 26 Oct 2013
Superb! This gem performs better than any other uninstaller I have used. Well done,developer and thank you!
[Version 2.2.1]


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+4

+667

Jazzyguy reviewed on 26 Oct 2013
This is absolutely the best bargain on MacUpdate.com There is no better deal on this website other than this.It does exactly what it is designed to do.It does it intensively and completely.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Gaberdine had trouble on 10 May 2012
Workaround for bug when updating to 2.1.0

Updating to 2.1.0 from 2.0 (and possibly earlier versions) introduces a bug in Smart Delete for Snow Leopard which prevents it working (at least it did for me) due to authorisation issues. I'll email the developer but here's the fix right now:

For geeks:

Copy this file
/Applications/AppCleaner.app/Contents/Library/LaunchServices/com.freemacsoft.appcleanerd
into this folder /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/
...and authorise everything when prompted. Done

For non geeks:

Right click on the AppCleaner app and select "Show Package Contents"....
In the new folder that opens (showing the innards of the app so don't mess around here!), open the folders "Contents" then "Library" then "LaunchServices" to reveal a file called "com.freemacsoft.appcleanerd" - this needs to be copied to the correct location.

Now open another Finder window at the *top level* of your hard drive by clicking on Macintosh HD (or whatever you call it) in the Finder sidebar... open the "Library" folder you see there and navigate to the folder "PrivilegedHelperTools" inside it. This is where com.freemacsoft.appcleanerd needs to reside but if you already have an older version there, the system won't authorise it to run and you will experience the bug. *Copy* the newer version of "com.freemacsoft.appcleanerd" from "LaunchServices" inside the app contents window to the "PrivilegedHelperTools" window you just opened. Authorise with your Admin credentials when prompted and click "Replace" when asked if you want to replace an existing file with the same name.

That's it - close the windows, open the app and enable Smart Delete in preferences... now you're ready to go.

All in all it will take one minute - much less than it took to read (or indeed write) this advice. Enjoy.
[Version 2.1.0]

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+9
Gaberdine replied on 10 May 2012
Of course it could have just been a glitch in the Sparkle updater...
Trashing the following preference files may also solve it (if anybody else experiences the same thing) though I didn't try it:

~/Library/Preferences/com.freemacsoft.AppCleaner.plist
and
~/Library/Preferences/com.freemacsoft.AppCleaner-Helper.plist
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Jolly_joker had trouble on 13 Nov 2011
Smart Delete doesn't work with all the apps on Lion 10.7.2.
please fix it
[Version 2.0.5]


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bbitg had trouble on 08 Sep 2011
working download link is: http://www.freemacsoft.net/downloads/AppCleaner_2.0.5.zip
[Version 2.0.5]


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Macinman had trouble on 29 Aug 2011
how am i supposed to use this app, if both the download link, and link to the developer's site both yield a server that safari, and firefox can't find? I reported this problem once, and it's not resolved. Please look into this and let me know what's going on.


Thanks
[Version 2.0.4]


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+2
Roro01 had trouble on 23 Apr 2010
This application can only search for related items in the user's library Application Support and Preferences. It cannot find items in the main HD library, invisible items and even items elsewhere in the user's library. Therefore, it is only useful for trashing simple small applications. AppCleaner would have been perfect if it could have searching abilities like the application Find Any File i.e if it could find items related to an application anywhere on the machine and whether visible or not.

Google SketchUp, GraphicConverter, Hugin, iStatPro and Switch - all have items in HD>Library>Application Support. Cenon has items in HD>Library. AppCleaner cannot find these items. It doesn't take Find Any File too long to search all the HD. I use it regularly for trashing applications as it finds all the items, including invisible ones, and then you can drag the items to the trash directly from it's search results window.
[Version 1.2.2]


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Roro01 had trouble on 01 Mar 2009
FOUND A PROBLEM ...

Finds associated files and folders only in the user account and not in the "Main" Library.
[Version 1.2.2]


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+1

-42
ColemanH had trouble on 06 Dec 2008
I had AppCleaner installed on my MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, but have since uninstalled the application on both computers; now neither computer will sleep automatically (with EnergySaver set to sleep after a certain period of inactivity). I am receiving this message in Console:

06/12/08 2:48:25 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.freemacsoft.appcleanerdaemon[1730]) Exited with exit code: 1

06/12/08 2:48:25 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.freemacsoft.appcleanerdaemon[1730]) posix_spawnp("/Library/Application Support/AppCleaner/AppCleaner Daemon", ...): No such file or directory

This message recurs to the order of 5000 times per day, and I feel quite certain that this is causing my computers to stay awake.

Hopefully there is some resolution available for this problem.
[Version 1.2.2]

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-1

+119
larrymcj replied on 17 Feb 2009
I've been looking at AppCleaner to replace AppZapper and while I respect your comments here, I can't find another other instance of it occurring on the internet...only yours.

You can easily test to see if AppCleaner is the culprit...simply reinstall it and see if you stop getting the error messages. If that's the case, I'd just leave it installed and turned off until the next time you rebuild your machine...or not. It won't hurt anything.
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-1

+119
larrymcj replied on 17 Feb 2009
I've been looking at AppCleaner to replace AppZapper and while I respect your comments here, I can't find another other instance of it occurring on the internet...only yours.

You can easily test to see if AppCleaner is the culprit...simply reinstall it and see if you stop getting the error messages. If that's the case, I'd just leave it installed and turned off until the next time you rebuild your machine...or not. It won't hurt anything.
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ColemanH replied on 12 Mar 2009
LarryMCJ,

Thanks for posting your comment (twice). Well, I suppose the presence of the messages I was displaying in Console - which I posted on Dec 6 2008, which clearly indicate "AppCleaner", and this after I had uninstalled AppCleaner - would kind of suggest that yes, AppCleaner had something to do with my machines not sleeping. Or how about this: after I deleted the AppCleaner Daemon, both my computers are now sleeping without provocation. Alas, 1+1 does seem to equal 2
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larrymcj replied on 12 Mar 2009
I noticed the double comment, but the culprit is MacUpdate...I posted the comment and immediately saw both posts and no way to delete one. I have since spoken with the developer, who says that he has never seen or heard of this problems. Not sure what to think...but it's working fine here.
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Glmoneo commented on 05 Sep 2010
I had the same problem. Here's how I fixed it.

Reinstall AppCleaner and turn off ALL of the checkboxes in Preferences General tab. Go to SmartDelete tab and turn it ON. Check console and it will give you this message:

"[0x0-0x102102].com.freemacsoft.AppCleaner[11455]com.freemacsoft.appcleanerdaemon: Already loaded"

Then, turn off SmartDelete, recheck the boxes and voila, you get this:

"com.apple.launchd[125] ([0x0-0x106106].com.freemacsoft.AppCleaner_Helper[11467]) Exited: Terminated"

No more 5000 launchid intrusions.
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globetrotterdk had trouble on 26 Sep 2008
AppCleaner 1.2.2 stops responding when SmartDelete is turned on in the preferences. OS X 10.5.5 Leopard on a G5 single (PPC).
[Version 1.2.2]


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haleakalari had trouble on 13 Jun 2008
I hope the author of AppCleaner keeps up with this page, because it has been quite difficult to get a response from him through e-mail, but i have a bug report which is as follows:

Under OS X 10.4.11, AppCleaner Version 1.2 does not detect or display
any Widgets under its Widgets section. Furthermore, AppCleaner's
History function does not seem to work at all either, when you click
"Show History..." from the "Window" menu or use the keyboard shortcut
(Apple-L), nothing is displayed. This occurs on an Intel Core Duo
MacBook Pro.

Also, in AppCleaner Version 1.2, under OS X 10.5.3, although the History window is accessible, the Widgets section exhibits the same problem it does on OS X 10.4.11, as it does not seem to detect or display any Widgets. This occurs on an Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook.
[Version 1.2]



Eat_A_Peach rated on 19 Apr 2014

[Version 2.2.3]



davort rated on 16 Apr 2014

[Version 2.2.3]



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Abt rated on 25 Mar 2014

[Version 2.2.3]



Halidk rated on 09 Mar 2014

[Version 2.2.3]



Jan-ツ rated on 03 Mar 2014

[Version 2.2.3]



Jdg rated on 25 Feb 2014

[Version 2.2.1]



Karpov rated on 15 Feb 2014

[Version 2.2.1]



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gaiamie rated on 14 Feb 2014

[Version 2.2.1]



Igroucho rated on 29 Jan 2014

[Version 2.2.1]



-4

DarrenRath rated on 15 Jan 2014

[Version 2.2.1]


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Version Downloads:25,329
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:27 Feb 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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