How to uninstall OBS on Mac: an ultimate guide

One of the biggest growth areas in online activity in recent years has been live streaming. Whether it’s YouTube, Twitch, or TikTok, everyone seems to be live streaming these days. If you don’t want to just push out a single camera stream on a social media platform, however, you need some additional software. That software allows you to mix inputs from different cameras, mix audio separately, add in transitions and placecards, and more. OBS or Open Broadcaster Software is one such tool and is very popular partly because it’s free and open source. If you’ve installed OBS on your Mac in the past and now don’t need it, it’s a good idea to uninstall it to free up space on your startup disk. In this article, we’ll show you how to uninstall OBS on your Mac.

What is OBS?

OBS stands for Open Broadcaster Software. Its app, OBS Studio, is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux and allows anyone to broadcast live on the internet from their computer. It is a free, open source application. It has lots of features, including an audio mixer, a studio mode that allows you to preview scenes and sources before they go live, transitions, and a multiview mode that allows you to monitor eight scenes at once and cue or transition them. There are dozens of configuration options, a customizable layout, and support for hotkeys to quickly invoke commands.

How to uninstall OBS from your Mac with one click

The easiest way to completely uninstall OBS is to use a specialist uninstaller. That way, you can be sure you will remove all the files it has placed on your Mac. We recommend CleanMyMac X. It allows you to uninstall any app with just a couple of clicks and also allows you to reset misbehaving apps and remove files leftover by apps that weren’t uninstalled properly.

Uninstaller module in CleanMyMacX

You can download CleanMyMac X for free here. Once you’ve done that, follow the instructions below to uninstall OBS:

  1. Open CleanMyMac X and choose Uninstaller in the sidebar.
  2. Locate OBS Studio in the list of apps.
  3. Select OBS Studio and click Uninstall.
All apps selected in the Uninstaller module of CMMX

How to uninstall from your Mac manually

If you don’t want to use an uninstaller to remove OBS Studio, you can uninstall it manually. To do that, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to your Applications folder and send the OBS Studio application to the Trash.
  2. Click the Finder icon in the Dock, then the Go menu.
  3. Choose Go to Folder.
  4. In the text box, paste each of the paths below, one at a time. At each location, check the folder for files with OBS in their name. When you find them, drag them to the Trash:
    ~/Library/Application Support/
    ~/Library/Containers/
    ~/Library/Caches/
    ~/Library/Preferences/
    ~/Library/Cookies/
    ~/Library/Logs/
    ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
  5. Empty the Trash.

How to reset OBS Studio if it’s misbehaving

If the reason why you need to uninstall OBS from your Mac is that it is not working properly and you want to reinstall it, there is something else you can try first. Resetting an app means removing its settings files so that it has to create new ones the next time it launches. If the problem with the app was caused by corrupt settings files, that will fix it. You can reset any app using CleanMyMac X:

  1. Open CleanMyMac X and choose Uninstaller in the sidebar.
  2. Locate OBS Studio in the list of apps and select it.
  3. Click the menu next to OBS Studio’s name and choose Reset.
  4. Click the Reset button.
Other in Uninstaller module of CMMX

Improvements in cameras and microphones, along with stable internet connection, mean that live broadcasting from home is now within reach of most Mac users. OBS allows you to do just that — with multiple cameras, transitions, and effects if you like. It’s free and open source, so if you’re interested in live streaming, you may well have installed it on your Mac at some point. If it’s on your Mac and you no longer use it, it’s a good idea to uninstall it to free up space and prevent conflicts with other files in the future. Follow the steps above to uninstall OBS on your Mac.

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