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How to uninstall Xcode from Mac OS X

How to uninstall Xcode from Mac OS X

The article highlights the likely reasons for uninstalling Xcode from a Mac machine and provides a workaround for doing so.

First and foremost, this isn’t really going to be another Mac virus cleanup guide like many of the previous entries posted here. The troubleshooting scenario to be looked into, however, should come in handy to a large user base due to the relevance of the issue in question. To start off, a brief introduction to the topic: Xcode is Apple’s widely used integrated development environment (IDE) for Mac OS X and iOS. In other words, it’s a must-have thing to build apps, delivering such essential features as user interface debugging, iPhone simulation, live rendering of custom objects, performance testing and many more tools that Mac, iPhone and iPad application developers can hardly do without.

Now, what if there emerges a need to get rid of Xcode? Before we proceed on the steps to follow, it makes sense stating upfront why this could possibly be on the agenda.

• In case there is no need to use Xcode for the moment or permanently, uninstalling it means freeing a lot of hard drive memory. The application installer alone is about 2GB in size, plus the toolset itself takes up at least 7GB of HDD space. This amount of memory might well be used by something more important to the user – again, unless app development is being done on the Mac machine.

• Furthermore, the newest version - Xcode 6 - has been reported to act up in some cases. Users are encountering bugs in the Swift compiler, where some lines of code in a project cause the toolset to freeze, which in its turn leads to overall system slowdown issues. Yet another known problem is the older version of Xcode launching even after the latest one got installed.

At the end of day, if any of the above is the case and you need to uninstall Xcode from your Mac, it might turn out to be a more complex task than simply moving the application to the Trash. This software tends to integrate its components into several OS locations, therefore to make sure the process is thorough you will need to go a little more hi-tech and clean up the entire footprint produced by this IDE.

Uninstall Xcode manually

Be advised the simplest way of uninstalling Xcode you could think of, that is, dragging the respective object from the Applications folder to the Trash, is not an ultimately efficient workaround. Just a quick retrospective: the above fact would particularly apply to versions prior to 4.3 due to multiple components that were scattered in different places on the system. Newer builds are much more integrated as a single application, and yet the regular removal might leave some stuff behind. Anyway, give the procedure below a shot and see if it works all the way.

1. Go to Applications –> Utilities and launch the Terminal

2. When in the Terminal, type the string below and enter your admin password if requested

3. Go to Developer –> Applications and locate the Xcode app on the list

4. Move the Xcode item from Applications to the Trash. Then go to Finder and select Empty Trash in the drop-down.

Use automatic tool to uninstall Xcode from your Mac

1. Download and install MacBooster application (read review). The tool provides both optimization and security features for your Mac.

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2. Proceed to the Uninstaller feature, find Xcode on the Applications list and have MacBooster completely eliminate all components of the app from your Mac by clicking Uninstall in the bottom part of the GUI. Doing so will ensure all components of the malware and its remainders, which may have not been removed in the manual way, will be thoroughly cleaned up.


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