How to uninstall FUSE from Mac

There are several major computer operating systems which are widely-used – Windows, macOS, and Linux. Occasionally we need to work with files that are different from the operating system on our computers. If you are a Mac user, you have probably heard about the OSXFUSE software or have even experienced it. Thanks to FUSE for macOS, you can extend the capabilities of your Mac to work with files of third-party file systems. However, many users have faced issues when trying to uninstall macFUSE.

Since we have received many questions from our readers about how to correctly remove the FUSE software from a Mac, we have created this article to explain how. In addition, we want to highlight the issues of running FUSE on macOS Catalina.

1. FUSE for macOS 10.3.12 is not compatible with macOS Catalina

Like every new macOS update, macOS Catalina has its unique features and rules. Here are some key changes you need to know about macOS 10.15:

  • 32-bit applications are not supported
  • many hardware peripherals and sophisticated features work separately from macOS kernel extensions
  • Gatekeeper checks all installed applications and prevents the opening of applications not authorized by Apple
  • you will need to give applications access to your data so that they can work correctly
    Based on these and other changes, third-party application developers have to update their programs to work on macOS Catalina. So, you cannot run the old version of FUSE on macOS 10.15.
  • uninstall FUSE on macOS Catalina

To use FUSE on macOS Catalina, you need to download FUSE for macOS 3.10.3. But before that, it is better to uninstall FUSE, as some users reported that they tried to update the previous version of FUSE on macOS Catalina, but to no avail. Thus, completely remove FUSE from your Mac, so any remnants of it cannot affect your Mac performance.

2. Remove FUSE for macOS automatically

Thanks to third-party uninstallers, you can delete applications from your Mac in a much easier way. We advise using App Cleaner & Uninstaller. This software tool can remove more than 1,000 various programs quickly, correctly and completely. Complete the following steps to delete FUSE for OS X using App Cleaner & Uninstaller:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. In the Applications tab, find FUSE in the list of apps. Tick FUSE and all its service files will be selected automatically. Click the Uninstall button.
  3. uninstall FUSE on Catalina by App Cleaner & Uninstaller

  4. Review the items you intend to delete and click on the Remove button to confirm the action. 
  5. remove OSXFUSE on mac

  6. Empty the Trash bin to complete the entire removal of FUSE.

3. Uninstall FUSE for macOS manually

It is likely that you normally uninstall applications by dragging and dropping their icons to the Trash. In the case with the FUSE software program, you will not find its icon in the Applications folder, as FUSE is a type of extension. You will find its icon in the System Preferences window. However, it also consists of numerous user-space libraries and tools, which should be removed as well. Therefore, carefully take the next steps to completely delete OSXFUSE from your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences and click on the FUSE icon. 
  2. remove OSXFUSE

  3. In the window that appears, untick Show Beta Versions to prevent leaving the remaining files of the FUSE preference pane after its deletion. Then, click on the Remove FUSE button. 
  4. Remove OSXFUSE

  5. Within the System Preferences, make a right-click on the FUSE icon and select Remove “FUSE” Preference Pane.
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  7. As you know, every application creates plenty of service files. It is very likely that some types of files were not deleted with the Remove FUSE button. Usually the service files of applications are stored in the user’s Library folder. To get access to this folder, open Finder → in the menu bar, click GoGo to Folder → in the window that appears, type ~/Library and click Go. Within the user’s Library folder, find and delete unneeded files, related to FUSE in the following directories:
  8. ~/Library/Caches

     

  9. Also, we recommend that you check other subfolders in the Library folder. If you find files related to FUSE, remove them to Trash.
  10. ~/Library/Logs
    ~/Library/Preferences
    ~/Library/Application Support

  11. Then, empty the Trash to permanently get rid of these files.

We advise using Funter, a free application, to find the remaining OSXFUSE files. For this, launch Funter. Type FUSE in the search bar and hit Enter. Funter scans your disk and displays the list of all files which contain the search word in their names, including hidden files and files in packages. You can reveal files in Finder, move or delete them right in Funter. In our case, we found several remains of FUSE on a Mac after its deletion. 

find hidden files OSXFUSE

These useless files can be easily removed within Funter. Depending on your habit of using apps, you can find more remaining files.


Conclusion

Applications differ from one another not only for their purposes, but also for their components and other characteristics. Therefore, before installing an app, you should check the technical requirements. Likewise, before uninstalling an app, you should know how to entirely delete a program from your Mac. We recommend using App Cleaner & Uninstaller for this purpose because it removes plenty of applications on a Mac, both quickly and entirely.


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