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Can’t Uninstall TotalFinder? Find Solutions Here

  • Catherine
  • Apr 09,2019
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1. What is TotalFinder? Should I remove it?

Developed by BinaryAge, TotalFinder can be seen as an enhanced version of the built-in Finder. As an add-on which gets loaded into the Finder, it brings many features that the Finder lacks, like dual panel, colored labels and tabs.

The latest version of TotalFinder can work in macOS 10.11 and later, but during the installation it will require you to do a deep system tweak (modifying the System Integrity Protection setting) for normal use. Yet after disabling the SIP for use of TotalFinder, your system may be less secure. If you don’t want to or unable to do the tweak , you can consider to uninstall TotalFinder and return to your basic Finder.

2. How to uninstall unwanted apps on Mac?

Typically, there are two ways of uninstalling apps on macOS / Mac OS X machines.

(1) uninstall apps through the Finder

  • Open up Finder from the Dock, and access to the Applications folder from sidebar (if it does not appear there, click the Go menu on the top bar and choose Applications)
  • Right click on the unwanted app, and then choose Move to Trash option
  • If prompted, type your admin password and click OK button to allow the deletion

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If you are prompted that the app cannot be moved to Trash because it is in use, make sure to shut down this app at first. To deactivate an running app, just right click on its icon in the Dock, and choose Quit (or Force Quit if it stops responding).

(2) Delete apps via the Launchpad

  • Head to Launchpad from the Dock, through Spotlight, or by gesture shortcut
  • Locate TotalFinder, then press and hold the app icon until it starts to jiggle
  • Click the X icon on the upper left corner of the icon, and then click Delete button

Note that this option only works on the condition that the app is installed from the Mac App Store. If there is not X icon in the upper left corner of the app icon, this app is not the Mac App Store version and therefore it cannot be uninstalled by this option.

3. How to properly uninstall TotalFinder?

The recent versions of TotalFinder has a dedicated uninstall script. You can uninstall TotalFinder by running the dedicated uninstall tool in the .DMG file of TotalFinder:

  • Locate the TotalFinder.dmg file, and double click to open it up
  • Right click on the TotalFinder Uninstaller icon and choose Open

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  • Click Open button in the pop-up window, and then click Uninstall button

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  • When propmted, type your password and click OK button to allow the uninstall

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  • Click Quit button when you are prompted that TotalFinder has been uninstalled


>> If you try to install but get prompted to modify the System Integrity Protection, you can directly click the Uninstall TotalFinder button to start the uninstallation.

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>> If you have installed TotalFinder successfully, try to click the TotalFinder icon in the menu bar, and select Uninstall TotalFinder option. The uninstaller will launch automatically. If not, run the following command in the Terminal app: Open “/Applications/”


4. What else should I do after the uninstall?

The uninstall script does not remove your configuration settings of TotalFinder. If you want to remove all TotalFinder traces on your Mac, you can conduct a detection by utilizing the Search feature in the Finder. Here are the steps you can follow:

  • 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 TotalFinder in the search bar, and click the Library below the bar
  • Select the files and folders whose names contain the search keyword, then right-click on one of them, and choose Move to Trash to delete all those items

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If you have trouble in doing the deletion, try to force quit Finder via CMD+OPT+ESC and then delete the .plist file by running the following command in
rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.binaryage.totalfinder.plist


5. How to entirely & easily remove TotalFinder (or other Mac apps)?

Looking for a better way to get rid of unneeded, problematic or stubborn apps? You will only need to do these simple steps when using Osx Uninstaller to uninstall TotalFinder:

  • Launch Osx Uninstaller after installing it on your Mac, and complete the registration
  • Select the target app in the interface and then click Run Analysis button

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

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When you are informed that all the files have been removed, click Back to Interface button to re-scan your Mac for currently installed apps, and then quit Osx Uninstaller.

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