AppDelete 4.2.7

Thorough application removal and deletion tool

When you drag an application to the Trash, it doesn't necessarily remove all associated files. AppDelete ensures that apps are completely removed from your Mac. View full description


  • Removes all associated files
  • Very quick to search files and apps
  • Removes orphan files
  • Developer very responsive


  • Freezes when you restart your Mac

Very good

When you drag an application to the Trash, it doesn't necessarily remove all associated files. AppDelete ensures that apps are completely removed from your Mac.

A number of developers have picked up on the issue of incomplete app removals (it's odd that Apple hasn't) and created applications that will fully delete all files associate with a program. AppDelete is such an app and a very good one at that too. Once AppDelete is installed, all you need to do is drag the program you want to remove onto its icon. Alternatively, you can selects Apps in the top right corner and AppDelete will reveal a list of Applications installed on your system. The search is very quick and takes just a few seconds.

Immediately, AppDelete will reveal the associated files that need deleting with the applications. These are normally receipts and library preference files. You can uncheck the ones you want to keep in the AppDelete window or remove them all. AppDelete also lets you keep a log of what you are removing. Its a good idea to save this file as you can use it for future reference in case of system problems and it turns out you've accidentally deleted an important file. There is an Undo feature in AppDelete too but it seems this only rolls back the last change that you made, not successive ones before that.

My favorite feature in AppDelete was Orphans. Orphans searches for files that are not associated with any applications anymore and have probably been left behind. I discovered a huge number of files using this that AppCleaner had obviously left behind. The only criticism I have is that there is no way to Select All which, if you're dealing with hundreds of files left behind, takes a long time to select them all. Cleaning though takes a matter of seconds.

Note that this trial is limited to a few uses after which you have to pay to upgrade to the full version. However, even if you don't choose to use it regularly, its very useful for removing orphan files as this can be done within the trial limit. Many users also report the developer is extremely helpful and responsive in case of problems.

AppDelete does a great job of removing files left behind when applications uninstall but beware that you may experience some problems with it when you restart your Mac.


  • Fixed issue where Quit when Closing preference might not work as expected.
  • Fixed issue where Registration Panel might disappear not allowing the user to register.


AppDelete 4.2.7

User reviews about AppDelete

  • stephaniearsenault

    by stephaniearsenault

    "Waste of money will not delete my files that i purchased this app for."

    I have deleted the same files over and again. It hasn't removed one of the things that I purchased this app for. Do...   More.

  • jek.fdrv

    by jek.fdrv


    DONT INSTALL IT, IT DLETE ALL MY google chrome bookmark!!!!!!!!!!!!!.   More.

  • borisoff22

    by borisoff22

    "With the release of AppDelete 4.0.3, the app has gotten so much better!"

    With the release of AppDelete 4.0.3, all the bugs that I can find have been squashed...and it is a damn good App! Th...   More.

  • "Better than AppZapper"

    I bought AppDelete to replace AppZapper at the recommendation of a number of users on the Apple discussion boards. I'...   More.

  • Zenoian

    by Zenoian

    "it is not a complete tool"

    I've used App Delete for a few years, through three machines. The program is 'okay.' Not great. I have attempted t...   More.

  • exwindows user

    by exwindows user

    "how do I remove this?"

    I tried it. It deleted iTunes. Sorry ApppDelete Developer, better luck next time. I'd cuss and swear, but it is la...   More.