Version: 4.2.7 || Release Date: 2016-07-11 || License: Shareware ($7.99) Developer: Reggie Ashworth | App Owner: reggie

Deletes apps and their associated files.

AppDelete is an application for Macs that will delete the application you choose and any associated items (files and folders) that belong to that applicatioAppDelete will delete the application you choose and any associated items (files and folders) that belong to that application. Now you will no longer have to hunt through your system to find these items and delete them manually. Or worse, just let them sit on your Mac forever even though the application is long gone!

To run AppDelete just drag the application or folder containing the application you want to delete onto the AppDelete icon. You can also select from the main menu, right-click an item in the Finder using the AppDelete Automator workflow, or just drop an app in the Trash. An easy way is to keep AppDelete in your dock so you can drag your app or folder containing the app onto the icon in your dock. After doing this AppDelete will search your system to find the associated items. After clicking on "Delete" these items will be moved inside of a folder in the trash named "AppDelete" with the name of the app you dragged onto the icon. You can inspect this folder if you like before emptying the trash.

AppDelete also has a "Undo" feature, the ability to "Log only" for reference, it can search for invisible or "hidden" items, and more! And AppDelete keeps a log of all processing that it does.

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Haven't tried CleanApp that several people have mentioned, but I find this program to be much more thorough than AppZapper. And without the annoying "flashiness" either. Just does exactly what I want it to do.

Very handy little tool for pedantic people like me :)

I don't use AppDelete anymore since i got CleanApp, but i can just recommend it for everyone who wants to delete apps without risk =)

Hi this is Reggie the Developer. I just want to let everyone know that the latest version of AppDelete (Version 1.0.2) is available for download. There are a number of improvements and I believe it will address any issues mentioned here in the past. As always feel free to contact me directly through my site if you need to. Thank you for using AppDelete! :D



Note: I see the download link above is still the old link. You can download Version 1.0.2 from my website by clicking on the "Homepage" link above.

Works fine each times for me!...

Hi this is Reggie the Developer. I really appreciate all the feedback being posted here. It helps me to make AppDelete a better product. I want to let you know that I'm looking into this issue posted by ric0la. There is an update to AppDelete due out very soon and any necessary changes will be included in this update. If anyone needs to contact me directly you can do so through the "Homepage" link above. Thank you for using AppDelete!


Reggie Ashworth

You are right, ric0la, this doesn't handle well at all - then again, neither does AppZapper! CleanApp was the only one of the three to correctly identify the app and its prefs (perhaps due to the new background monitoring feature it has introduced?)

Whenever I use AppDelete, I always check the files it has moved to the trash and use the automatic undo if there are any that shouldn't be there. Fingers crossed that this app (or one of the others!) can be developed to the point of being truly reliable, rather than just an aid as they are now.

This is a nice little find that seems to work every bit as well as the "big players" when it comes to deleting an app and its associated files.

AppDelete has a very simple interface and lacks the extra features offered by AppZapper and CleanApp, such as the ability to browse files by last use, list plug-ins, etc. You simply drop an app onto AppDelete and confirm you want to trash it - it doesn't list the associated files for you as the others do. Instead, a folder is placed in the trash for the deleted app and this in turn contains sub-folders showing where each deleted file was removed from, making it possible to restore any files to their original location. There is also an undo option to put everything back automatically if you want.

Now, in using all three of the apps I have mentioned I have found differences in the files they successfully locate for different apps. It appears that no one app is 100% reliable but one thing I have found to be true - AppDelete is capable of cleaning up files that the others miss. It wasn't the first to the party, nor is it the flashiest but this humble little freeware quietly gets the job it sets out to do done.

Well worth checking out!

Hi this is Reggie the Developer for AppDelete. I really appreciate all of the feedback here and thank you for your interest! I do listen to and value all feedback and any problems or complaints I take very seriously. Feel free to contact me through my site if you have any questions and I will be happy to answer. Or if you have any suggestions for improvement. I'm especially interested in the last post by would be great if you would email me and let me look into the results that you had so if there needs to be an improvement I can make it! :D Thanks again everyone...



Pro: AppDelete won't delete anything unconnected with the app you select.
Con: It won't find every file created by the app. Some things will be left, and you still have to search for them & delete them yourself. Growl tickets, preference files, etc. are sometimes left behind. If you want to thoroughly clean delete all useless files, don't bother with AppDelete. It's slow to find the files, you can do it quicker yourself. But if you don't care about that, and are happy with partial cleanup, no problem.
To Find All Leftover Files: Open a Finder window. In the sidebar, select Macintosh HD. In the search field at the top of the window, enter the name of the app. Trash lefteovr files. Repeat the search using the developer's name, or the company's name, or their website's name, to find more files. AppDelete only finds the ones using the name of the app itself, and not always all of those.

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