How To Uninstall LabVIEW 8.5 and Later From Mac OS X

Updated May 3, 2018

Reported In

Software

  • LabVIEW Base
  • LabVIEW Full
  • LabVIEW Professional
  • LabVIEW Student

Operating System

  • Mac OS X

Issue Details

I am using LabVIEW 8.5 or later on a Mac OS X. How do I uninstall LabVIEW from the computer?

Solution

Moving the LabVIEW 8.5 or later folder to the trash can will not uninstall the software, though it will render it unusable.  To uninstall LabVIEW, run the Uninstall.sh 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 Uninstaller.sh from the Extras folder to a location on the local disk. 
     
  4. Start a Terminal session and browse to Uninstall.sh 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 ./Uninstaller.sh 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 Uninstall.sh 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

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 no longer have the original disk used to install your version of LabVIEW, please contact National Instruments Support at ni.com/support to obtain the correct Uninstall.sh file.

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