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How to Uninstall VirtualBox on Mac

VirtualBox​ is a free family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. At this time it runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac hosts and supports a wide range of operating systems.

Why would you want to uninstall VirtualBox and what are some Alternatives?

You may want to look at a paid option such as ​Parallels​ or ​VMware Fusion​.

Parallels offers more features than VirtualBox and has better direct customer support. This would include things such as:

  • The ability to install guest OS drivers automatically
  • Technical support
  • Out-of-the-box support for Retina displays

You may also not enjoy VirtuallBox's UI as app appearances are one of those things that some people like while others may not.

You can read a comparison between VirtualBox and Parallels by clicking ​here​ ​if you’re interested in looking at an alternative.

How to remove VirtualBox from your Mac

Uninstalling VirtualBox requires a couple of extra steps rather than dragging the app to your trash. While you can do it that way, that won’t provide you with a clean uninstall of the app.

Lucky for us, VirtualBox has an uninstaller tool that is built into the dmg (disk image) of the app that we’re going to use. Using this method is more efficient than dragging the program to your trash as it will ensure that all files associated with VirtualBox are deleted from our Mac.

We’re going to download the dmg to get access to the uninstaller tool. If you’re unable to uninstall VirtualBox double-check that none of the steps below were missed as that could be the issue.

You can download the app by clicking ​here​ which downloads the app from the MacUpdate website onto your Mac.

how to uninstall Virtualbox on Mac

Step 1​: once the app has been downloaded, we want to launch Finder.

Step 2​: click on the “Downloads” folder which is located under “Favorites”.

Step 3​: double-click the VirtualBox dmg file to launch the app.

uninstall Virtualbox Mac

There will then be a window showing that the dmg is verifying itself and it will then automatically launch.

remove Virtualbox from Mac

Step 4​: we will then be greeted with this window which has a couple of options in it. We want to select the VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool in the lower right-hand corner of the screen to begin uninstalling the app from our Mac.

delete Virtualbox on Mac

When you click on the “VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool” you may see the message above. This is simply because the file did not come from the Apple App Store. However, the download is safe and can be trusted.

We’re going to have to tell our Mac to allow an exception for this one time (it will not change the setting permanently). We can’t uninstall VirtualBox fully without allowing for this exception and we want it completely uninstalled.

how to remove Virtualbox from mac

Step 5 & 6​: next, find system preferences on your dock and launch it. We then want to select “Security & Privacy”.

Security and Privacy settings

Step 7​: once in Security & Privacy, we can select the “Open Anyway” option and allow the uninstaller tool to open. Note: this is a one-time selection and your Mac will continue to keep the preferences you have above where it says “Allow apps downloaded from”.

Remove via Uninstall tool

There will then be a message to confirm that you’re understanding that you’re launching an app that is not from the App Store and that it is not identified. We want to click “Open” here to continue.

Virtualbox uninstaller script

Step 8​: The “Terminal” app will then launch and you will be presented with a command line like interface. We’re manually going to remove the app which is a good experience and the steps are really easy! We then have to type in the word “Yes” and click the “Return/Enter” button on our Mac keyboard.

Use the uninstaller

Step 9​: When VirtualBox is installed onto your computer there is a FUSE package as well that is installed with it. To make sure that everything is removed, type in “Yes” here and then click “Return/Enter”.

Enter your password

Step 10​: We then can enter our administrator password. This is the password that you use to login into your Mac with or that you would type in to make changes to your computer. After typing it in, can you can then click “Return/Enter”.

Uninstallation complete

It will then say “Process Completed” and you’re done!