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Can’t Uninstall FileMaker on Mac? Find Solutions Here

  • George
  • Feb 26,2019
  • 273

“How can I uninstall FileMaker without trace left? I have removed this app from the Applications folder but it looks like this app remains some components on my system, and I have no idea how to find out the leftovers. Anyone could help with this issue?”

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Last week we received a letter sent to our tech support email address. The sender asks how he could perform a complete removal of FileMaker. Well, as we have said many times before, deleting an app in the Applications folder only remove the main executive files, not the whole components the app creates on your system. If you want to know the proper ways to uninstall FileMaker, read this post to get more knowledge.

How to uninstall FileMaker and remove its leftovers?

According to the vendor of FileMaker, uninstalling FileMaker requires users to drag the software folder that contains all its contents and also the preferences files in hidden system directories to the Trash. Here are the instructions you can follow:

(1) uninstall FileMaker

  • Open up Finder and head to the Applications folder form the sidebar or Go menu
  • Locate the folder named FileMaker, right click on it and choose Move to Trash

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When FileMaker is currently running, you will be prompted that the folder cannot be moved to Trash. In that case, make sure to shut down FileMaker by right-clicking its icon in Dock and choosing Quit. If you cannot find it icon there, launch Activity Monitor to find its process, select to highlight it, click the X icon and click Quit button. And then you should be able to delete the FileMaker folder without trouble.

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Besides, if the FileMaker icon stays in the Dock, you can right-click on it and choose Options > Remove from Dock. But, how about other leftovers it creates on your Mac?

(2) delete leftovers

The ~/Library and /Library folders are hidden by default in the recent versions of macOS / Mac OS X. Most apps would create associated files and store them in those system paths. It is not a big problem if you just leave them there, but you can also choose to delete any of them to keep your Mac clean and spare some disk space.

Now continue with the steps below to detect an app leftover after the uninstall:

  • In a Finder window, click Go from the Menu Bar, and choose Go to Folder
  • Type ~/Library in the box and hit Enter key (or click Go button) to open it up
  • Type Transmit in the search box, and then click the Library below the search box
  • Select the files and folders whose names contain the keyword (FileMaker), then right-click on one of them, and choose Move to Trash to delete those items
  • Head to the /Library folder, search for the leftovers and delete them all to the Trash

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Note that only delete the items which are surely pertaining to FileMaker. Otherwise, mistakenly deleting unrelated items may have an impact on other apps or your system.

(3)empty trash

After throwing FileMaker and all its contents to the Trash, we suggest you to reboot your Mac, and use it for a few days, to see if any issue occurs on your Mac. If nothing wrong happens, you can consider to delete those items in Trash. Note that emptying the whole trash is irrevocable so we suggest you to think twice before doing this act.

In the macOS Sierra 10.12 and later, the Trash can be setup to empty automatically after 30 days. Here is how to turn on the auto empty trash feature:

  • In a Finder window, choose Finder menu on the top and choose Preferences
  • Click Advanced tab, and check the box Remove items from the Trash after 30 days


Is there a better way to fully remove FileMaker on Mac?

Mac beginners may think the aforementioned steps are too complicated and risk-taking. If you lack confidence in doing the right thing, we hereby recommend an half-automated removal tool for you to solve that kind of uninstall issues.

You are able to remove FileMaker within a few seconds by using the Osx Uninstaller:

  • Launch Osx Uninstaller after completing the installation and activation
  • Select the app icon (Transmit) in the interface and click Run Analysis buttom

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  • After the scanning, click Complete Uninstall button to start uninstallation
  • Click Yes button in the confirmation window to perform the final removal

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See? The whole removal procedure is quite straightforward and easy-to-operate.

Interested in using Osx Uninstaller? Visit our homepage to get more details about it. If you have other questions about it, feel free to leave your comment below this post.

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