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Uninstalling drivers on a Mac differs a little from uninstalling simple applications. In our previous article, we explained how to remove Wacom drivers on a Mac. Today we will share a driver uninstalling guide for Nvidia CUDA.


  1. Uninstall CUDA on Mac manually.
  2. Uninstall CUDA Driver using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

Way 1 – Uninstall CUDA on Mac manually

There are three important steps you have to follow to remove CUDA driver on Mac completely and safely.

First of all, you should quit Nvidia CUDA driver on your Mac and close all the processes working in the background. For this, open Activity Monitor, find these processes and close them using the “x” button in the left-top corner.

CPU tab in Activity Monitor window

Then open System Preferences. You will find the CUDA driver icon in the bottom section. Make a right click on it and select Remove “CUDA” Preference Pane.

Selecting Remove CUDA Preferences Pane option in System Preferences window

The next step is the most important one. You need to find all the leftovers (service files) of the driver on your Mac’s disk. These files are usually hidden and stored in the system Library folder in the following subfolders:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/
  • ~/Library/Caches/
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/
  • Finder window - Removing CUDA LaunchDaemons files

But note that some service files may be also scattered on the disk, so it’s not so easy to find absolutely all of them. That’s why we recommend that you use the free application Funter, which is designed to find hidden system files. So launch Funter, click on its icon in the Toolbar, type CUDA in the search field, and click to find them. In a few seconds, Funter will display a list of all files that contain the search word in their names. Preview them, select the service files of the CUDA driver, and click to remove them.

Find hidden CUDA files using Funter application

And finally, the last step is to empty the Trash and get rid of CUDA driver completely.

Does the manual uninstalling seem to be complicated for you? If yes, don’t worry. There is another, much easier way to uninstall the driver. We invite you to read on and learn how easy it is to uninstall any application with a driver uninstaller.

Way 2 – Uninstall CUDA Driver using
App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a tool that allows you to remove any application on your Mac completely, and guess what? You can do it with just a few clicks.

  1. Download App Cleaner & Uninstaller and launch it.
  2. Select CUDA from the list of apps in the left section.
  3. Removing CUDA Preferences with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

  4. Click the Remove button and confirm the removal.
  5. Confirmation window to uninstall CUDA with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

Isn’t it easy? By the way, App Cleaner is free to download. You are welcome for this tip.

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