For uninstalling MySQL from Mac completely it’s not enough to remove the app’s icon from the System Settings window. It is crucial to delete MySQL with all of its service files. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to remove MySQL from Mac correctly and entirely.
- What is MySQL, and why remove it?
- How to uninstall MySQL from Mac manually.
- How to uninstall MySQL from Mac using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
How to completely uninstall MySQL on Mac – Video Guide
Important notes and the methodology used in this article
- If you want to uninstall applications from Mac completely, you need to find and remove all of their support files.
- By default, applications store their service file in the Library folder. However, some applications might spread their hidden files all over your disk.
- We will explain how to find applications’ service files from Mac manually and automatically.
- You should be careful when manually removing applications’ support files from Library. Deleting important macOS support files may damage your system.
- No matter which way you use to uninstall applications from your Mac, you can check your disk for their remaining files with App Cleaner & Uninstaller from Nektony.
What is MySQL, and why remove it?
MySQL for Mac is a software tool used for most popular programming languages, like PHP, Java, Perl, C, C ++, and others. In short, it is a database management system (DBMS), which allows you to connect to the database, run SQL queries and receive a response.
You may face some issues with MySQL. In this case, try to reinstall MySQL. The problem should be solved.
If you don’t use MySQL, then you should better uninstall it from your Mac oprating system and don’t allow useless files to take up valuable space on your disk. From this article, you will learn two ways on how to uninstall MySQL from Mac.
Uninstalling MySQL from Mac manually
MySQL is a preference pane that can be found in the System Preferences window. Please, carefully follow each step from the guide below to get rid of all of the support files of MySQL.
Uninstallation steps for MySQL:
- Open System Preferences. For this, go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences. You can also run it from the Launchpad.
- Find the MySQL icon and click on it.
- In the MySQL Instances tab, click the Uninstall button.
Now you need to remove the MySQL database. We will show how to do this using the Terminal command line.
- Open the Terminal from the Launchpad.
Back up your data to text files with the following command:
*After each command, you have to press Enter.
- Check the MySQL service and its processes that are working in the background. For this, use the following command:
ps -ax | grep mysql
Close all the running MySQL server processes.
- Type the command below and press Enter.
sudo rm /usr/local/mysql
If required, enter your user password.
Remove MySQL files. Enter the commands below consistently. After each command you need to press Enter.
- sudo rm -rf /usr/local/var/mysql
- sudo rm -rf /usr/local/mysql*
- sudo rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
- sudo rm -rf /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM
- sudo rm -rf /Library/PreferencePanes/My*
- Edit /etc/hostconfig and remove the line MYSQLCOM=-YES-
- Remove MySQL preferences:
- rm -rf ~/Library/PreferencePanes/My*
- sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/mysql*
- sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/MySQL*
- sudo rm -rf /private/var/db/receipts/*mysql*
- Reboot your Mac for reliability. Now MySQL should be uninstalled completely
Using the Terminal commands is more for computer geeks, and some users prefer to avoid using it. Luckily, there is another way to uninstall the Mac MySQL server. We will show up how to do this with a few clicks with App Cleaner & Uninstaller’s help.
How to delete MySQL with App Cleaner & Uninstaller
App Cleaner & Uninstaller automatically detects all of the support files that each application creates and stores on Mac. It allows you to remove applications entirely, and you don’t have to search for their support files anymore.
Here is how to uninstall MySQL with App Cleaner & uninstaller:
- Open App Cleaner & uninstaller. It will scan all the apps you have in the Applications folder.
- Find the MySQL in the left section and select it.
- Click the Remove button.
- Confirm the deletion.
MySQL will be uninstalled from your Mac. By default, all files are removed into the Trash. So don’t forget to empty your bin to get rid of the application completely.
If you have already removed MySQL from the System Preferences window, check your Mac for its remaining files. For this, in App Cleaner & Uninstaller, switch to the Remaining Files section. Here you can select and remove unneeded MySQL’s leftovers.
Note, if you want to uninstall any Preference Pane but don’t see this program in the Applications section, switch to the Extensions tab → Preferences Panes. Here you can remove the System Panes of MySQL.
As you can see, Mac’s uninstalling applications and extensions are done easily and safly with App Cleaner & Uninstaller. You can try it absolutely for free.
How do I know if MySQL is installed on my Mac?
One way to check if MySQL is installed on your Mac is to use the Terminal application:
- Open Terminal.
- Type the following command and press Enter:
- This command will show you information about the MySQL server, such as the version number, the uptime, and the port number.
- If you see an error message like “command not found” or “can’t connect to local MySQL server, ” it means MySQL is not installed on your Mac.
Where is MySQL installed on Mac?
If you have installed MySQL on your Mac using the official installer package, the MySQL files are in the /usr/local/mysql directory by default.
How do I reinstall MySQL on Mac?
To reinstall MySQL on Mac, you need first to uninstall the existing version of MySQL. You can use App Cleaner & Uninstaller to remove MySQL completely and quickly. Then go to the MySQL official website and download the latest version of MySQL. Follow the provided instructions to install MySQL on your Mac cleanly.