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Uninstall LabVIEW From Mac OS X

Updated Oct 20, 2023



  • LabVIEW

Operating System

  • Mac OS X

I am using LabVIEW on a Mac OS X. How do I uninstall LabVIEW from the computer?

Note: LabVIEW 2023 Q3 is the final release of LabVIEW for macOS. Starting with releases in 2024, LabVIEW is available on Windows and Linux OSes.

Moving the LabVIEW folder to the trash can will not uninstall the software, though it will render it unusable. To uninstall LabVIEW, run the script from a Terminal window. 
  1. Mount the disk image used to install your version of LabVIEW.
  2. Browse into the Extras folder. 
  3. Copy from the Extras folder to a location on the local disk. 
  4. Start a Terminal session and browse to on the local disk. Use pwd to determine the current working directory. Use cd to change directories. Use ls to list the files in the current working directory. Use ./ to run the uninstall script when you're in the same directory as the script.
  5. You will be asked if you'd like to know what files will be removed. Enter Y or N and press return. 
  6. You will be asked if you'd like to choose which related products to uninstall (Y), leave the system as-is (N), or uninstall LabVIEW and all related products (A). It is recommended to use the Y option, so you can bypass the uninstallation of NI device drivers if so desired. 
  7. You will be prompted for the administrator password.
Alternatively, you can browse the Extras folder from the CD, right-click the file and select Open With >> Other..., then select Utilities >> Terminal as the program to run the shell file after enabling All Applications. Then, follow steps 5-6 above to finish uninstalling LabVIEW.

Additional Information

  • The above steps are valid for LabVIEW 8.5 and later. For information on how to uninstall prior versions, see the release notes for your LabVIEW version.
  • You may need to have root/superuser access in terminal depending on the administrative settings on your computer. Type sudo -s in the terminal window to enable root privileges. 
  • If you installed LabVIEW using physical media (prior to 2017) and longer have the original disk used to install your version of LabVIEW, please follow the process to request physical media  to obtain the correct file.