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How can I Uninstall VLC Media Player for Mac

  • Catherine
  • Jan 15,2019
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“How do I completely remove VLC from my Mac? Why can’t I uninstall VLC Media Player? Every time I drag its icon to the Trash and it bounces back again and again!”

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VLC Media Player is an open source player that can play various audio and video formats

Do you have the same problem mentioned above? If so, how to troubleshoot this issue on your Mac? Or further, how to empty the media library created by the app? We will share the proper approaches in this post to guide users to complete a perfect uninstall,

What to do before uninstalling VLC Media Player?

Why some users fail to delete VLC Media Player to the Trash? The most possible reason is that this app is still running, so system cannot perform the act. If you are prompted that VLC Media Player cannot be trashed because it is in use, make sure to right click on its icon in Dock, and choose Quit option from the list that appears.

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If VLC Media Player icon remains in Dock, you can continue to right click on it and choose Options > Remove from Dock. The app icon will disappear from the Dock.

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Now, let’s introduce two uninstall methods to help you remove VLC Media Player.

(Way 1) Trash VLC Media Player from Applications folder

Here are the conventional steps to remove VLC Media Player (or other Mac apps):

  • Click Finder in Dock, and then click on the Applications icon on the left pane
  • Scroll through to locate VLC Media Player in this folder, then right click on its icon to bring up a table of options and actions, and then click on Move to Trash

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  • To permanently remove VLC Media Player from your Mac, open up Trash, right click on VLC Media Player,choose Delete Permanently, and then click Delete button

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After dragging VLC Media Player to your trash can, you can continue to remove the configuration file and the cache files in ~/Library/Preferences/VLC/.

What to do after uninstalling VLC Media Player?

Like other third party apps, VLC Media Player will create some files and folder in different system directories, and those items will stay in your system unless you perform the deletion. To clear up VLC Media Player traces and reclaim your disk space, you are suggested to carry out the detection of VLC Media Player leftovers.

Then how to find out where the remaining VLC Media Player components hide around your system? Here is a trick: utilizing the Search feature in the Finder.

  • In a Finder window, click the Go menu on the top bar and choose Go to Folder
  • Type ~/Library in the box that pops up, and click OK button to open up this folder


  • Type VLC in the Search For: bar (if you cannot see the bar, click the Search in the upper right corner of the Finder window to display the bar)
  • Under This Mac, right click on the VLC folder and choose Move to Trash

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  • When prompted, enter your admin password and click OK to allow the deletion

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  • Click the Library next to the This Mac, to show the search result in this folder
  • Select the items whose names contain VLC, and delete them to the Trash

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After deleting all VLC Media Player components in the hidden /Library and ~/Library folders, you should have fully removed VLC Media Player once and for all.

(Way 2) Remove VLC Media Player by using Osx Uninstaller

Is there a quick way to delete VLC Media Player without any trace left? You can achieve perfect uninstall result if you are using a professional, handy uninstall tool.

Featured with an intuitive user interface and a highly developed uninstall engine, Osx Uninstaller allows Mac users to easily get rid of any unwanted apps in clicks.

Watch the clip to know how you can fully remove VLC Media Player in seconds:

Here are the detailed steps you need to do with the help of Osx Uninstaller:

1.Launch Osx Uninstaller from Dock, Launchpad or Spotlight
2.Select VLC Media Player in the interface and click Run Analysis button

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3.After the scanning, click Complete Uninstall button to start uninstallation
4.Click Yes button in the confirmation window to perform the final uninstall

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You will be prompted that all components of VLC Media Player have been deleted. Once it is done, you can close Osx Uninstaller, and reboot your Mac if necessary.

Interested in using Osx Uninstaller? Wanna get more information about this tool? To get Osx Uninstaller on your Mac, download it from the homepage of this site, and install it on your Mac. You will be prompted to finish the activation before using it.

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