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Maya [2014-2010] on Mac: How to "delete" Maya from your computer?

Maya doesn't have an uninstall tool so you will need to manually delete it.  You can use a Terminal with the "open" command to easily delete files and folders as noted in the video below:


1.  Delete the main Application [Drag the folder into the trash!].  Maya includes Matchmover and Composite.  These applications are in:


2.  Delete Backburner by removing these folders:



Video:   Open-delete-hidden-folders


3. Delete Network Licensing Manager [NLM].  This step may be optional and only applies if you have setup a license server on the mac.


Video:   Open-delete-flexnetfolder


4. Delete & Backup licensing files/folders.   You need to either only one of the steps below depending on your type of install.  NOTE:  If you only need to find & delete files in one of the following locations depending on your type of install.


/var/flexlm/maya.lic or adsk_server.lic


/Library/Application Support/Autodesk/Adlm

/Library/Preferences/FLEXnet Publisher/FLEXnet/

/Library/Preferences/FLEXnet Publisher/FLEXnet/adskflex_00691b00_tsf.data_backup.001

The Library folders in Mac OS 10.7 and higher is completely hidden so you can use the Go > Go to folder to access it.  You can also check out the videos in steps 2 and 3 for further instructions. 

NOTE:  If you delete the standalone licensing files, it can affect AutoCAD and Smoke installation.   If you delete these files, you will need to uninstall and reinstall AutoCAD & Smoke as well.  

Trust me this is way easier than actually using adlmreg noted in the documentation noted here Maya_Install_FAQ_en.pdf [2012] on page 23.  If you feel brave and you want to use the Terminal, the path to adlmreg is:  /usr/bin/adlmreg. Again, I prefer to not use the adlmreg command to uninstall software, deleting the files/folders above should do the trick!



Thanks to Cady Wachman for making some suggestions to make this article a bit better.


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