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Follow Correct Steps to Uninstall XAMPP for Mac

  • George
  • Jun 11,2019
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“MySQL frequently shuts down unexpectedly in XAMPP. How to fix it?”
“How to uninstall XAMPP completely from my Mac? I cannot delete its remnants.”
“What is the procedure of uninstalling an app that is integrated well in the macOS?

XAMPP is a free distribution package that helps you to install Apache Web Server, PHP, PEAR, and MySQL. Once installed, it will create a folder in Finder’s Applications folder to store the installation of Apache, PHP and other XAMPP components. Yet, some users could encounter problems when using this app, and they may try to uninstall XAMPP for an re-installation. The question is: how to do it right?

A quick way to totally remove XAMPP from your Mac:

Is it possible that you can remove an unwanted app like XAMPP in ten seconds? You can achieve the goal if you own a handy tool like Osx Uninstaller. As a reputable uninstall tool compatible with most recent versions of macOS, Osx Uninstaller can help its users to quickly scan out every piece of target app and delete them in seconds.

To start with, you need to install Osx Uninstaller and activate it on your Mac:

1.Download the uninstaller from the homepage of this site, and install it on your Mac
2.Double click to launch this tool, and click Register button to start the activation

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Afterwards, you can select the unwanted app and conduct a thorough removal:

3.Select XAMPP in the interface and click Run Analysis button

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4.Click the Complete Uninstall button, and then click Yes button to execute removal

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5.Click Back to Interface button to re-scan your Mac for currently installed apps

That is the simple process of uninstalling apps in its interface, and you can continue deleting other XAMPP-associated apps. When the removal is over, reboot your Mac.

Alternative method to uninstall XAMPP in Finder:

As said before, XAMPP will create a folder labeled XAMPP in the Applications folder. If you decide to uninstall XAMPP, go to check if there is an uninstaller stored in the folder. Here are the steps to run uninstall app coming together with XAMPP :

  • Open up Finder from the Dock and head to Applications folder
  • Locate the folder labeled XAMPP, and double click to open it up
  • Double click to run the application labeled Uninstall in the folder

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  • When prompted, type your password and click OK to allow the launch

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  • Click Yes button in the pop-up confirmation window to start the removal

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  • When the uninstallation is completed, click OK button to exit out of the setup

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Now the XAMPP and its modules should have gone from your system.

If you still see XAMPP and its folder in the Applications folder, select them all, and choose Move to Trash. If you cannot find the Uninstall script, try this option instead:

  • Right click on XAMPP in Applications folder, and choose Move to Trash
  • Open up Trash, right click on XAMPP, and choose Delete Immediately
  • Click Delete button in the pop-up window to permanently delete XAMPP

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That is how you can uninstall XAMPP from your Mac. But is that all? What if you cannot trash XAMPP? How do you know if the removal is thorough? Read on please.

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Tip 1: quit XAMPP first if you fail to delete it

Being prompted that you cannot delete XAMPP because it is in use? If XAMPP icon appears in the Menu Bar or the Dock, just click on it and choose Quit button.

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Meanwhile, you could try to shut down any of its process via Activity Monitor.

  • Launch Activity Monitor from Spotlight, Launchpad or Dock
  • Type XAMPP in the search box to only display related process
  • Highlight any process pertaining to XAMPP
  • Click the X icon in upper left corner, and then click Quit button

Tip 2: detect XAMPP leftovers in the system

The settings of XAMPP remain the same after a fresh installation? How to make sure you have fully removed any file and folder created by XAMPP? Well, you can utilize the Search feature to detect its leftovers in the hidden (~)/Library directory:

  • 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
  • Click the Search in upper right corner, and then type XAMPP in the search bar
  • Click Library under the search bar to show the search result in this hidden folder
  • Select the files and folders whose names contain XAMPP, and delete them all
  • Repeat the steps to delete any XAMPP components in the ~/Library folder

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Thank you for reading this post and we hope you could successfully remove XAMPP. If the manual method cannot solve your problem, try to use Osx Uninstaller instead.

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