These days Mac users are inundated with both free and commercial apps the use of which completely satisfies all their needs. Well, almost all. When it comes to gaming, the members of the Apple family are much worse equipped than their PC brethren. Given that Macs are underperforming in the graphics department, many A-list games are unavailable for Mac owners, which calls for various workarounds. A commonly-used solution for the compatibility issue is Wine-based apps such as Wineskin. The utility has been designed to translate the instructions of a PC program into the ones that can be used by macOS. Basically, the app makes a wrapper that envelops Windows software, thereby making it “feel” like a normal Mac app that can be opened from the Launchpad.
Unfortunately, not all PC programs can be transferred to Mac with the help of Wineskin, which is why gamers rely on other solutions that range from using cloud-based game streaming to running Microsoft OS on a separate drive partition. Those who no longer need Wineskin, wonder how it can be deleted from a Mac. The article has been written to answer this question.
How to Completely Uninstall Wineskin from Mac
The use of Wine-based apps such as Wineskin is not always easy for inexperienced Mac users. To create and run a wrapper on macOS it might be necessary to install additional data packages and modify certain settings of a Windows program, which requires a lot of skill and effort. For me, it has been difficult to get the grasp of numerous Wineskin options such as extra gamma correction and override to overcome compatibility issues between the two OSs. Luckily, uninstalling the app is much easier than using it. All that you need to know to remove Wineskin from your Mac is the location where the application-related files are stored. So, if you are a gamer who keeps asking how to remove the app from your computer, just keep on reading.
How to Delete Wineskin from Mac
If you think that instead of creating an authentic Windows experience, Wineskin wrappers are simply cluttering your Mac, the recommended course of action is to remove the app in its entirety. There is nothing difficult about removing the Wine-based utility from a computer. However, just like many other seemingly-easy tasks, the removal of the app comes with some caveats. Although one can simply uninstall Wineskin by moving it to the Trash, the complete deletion necessitates the removal of its wrappers and preference files that are stored in remote directories.
For starters, let’s consider how to delete the app from the Finder. To this end:
- Click on the Finder icon in the Dock;
- Once in the Finder, select the Applications option and scroll through the list of apps to locate Wineskin;
- Right-click on the app and select the Move to Trash option;
- Enter admin’s password and username to confirm the uninstallation;
- Click on the Trash icon in the Dock;
- In a window that opens, use the Empty button to free up the drive space occupied by Wineskin.
Another approach to removing the app is to simply drag and drop them from the Dock to the Trash. In such a case it is also necessary to enter admin’s password and username as well as to empty the Trash.
If you have a large surplus of disk space, you shouldn’t worry about additional deletion steps. However, those who need to free up extra space for other apps have to locate and delete system files and wrappers left behind by Wineskin. The latter can be especially weighty, which requires their manual deletion. To properly remove the app, get rid of its associated files through the Library folder. To this end:
- In the Finder menu, click on the Go tab;
- Select the Library folder;
- In the folder, find the Application Support subfolder and open it;
- In the subfolder find the Wineskin folder and move it to the Trash;
- Empty the Trash.
By removing the folder, you will free up a negligible amount of the storage space. Wineskin wrappers, on the other hand, are more space-intensive, which is why their deletion is so important. To get rid of them, do the following:
- Open the Finder and click on the Go tab;
- In a drop-down menu, select the Go to Folder option (alternatively, use the Command+Shift+G key combination);
- In the search bar, enter this path: ~/Applications/Wineskin;
- Click on the Go or press the Return key;
- Empty the Trash.
Bonus Tip: How to Uninstall Wineskin Games on Mac?
In case you are determined to delete Wineskin games from your Mac, the Finder won’t be helpful. It has to do with the fact that the Finder cannot find a hidden directory where program files are stored. Does one need to have a perfect command of the Terminal to uninstall those games? The answer is “No.” Here’s what you should do:
- Open the Finder and click on the Go tab and proceed to the Utilities;
- Launch the Terminal;
- Enter the following command: open~/.wine
- Press the Return key;
- Drag all folders with the wine prefix to the Trash;
- Empty the Trash.
If you are new to the Terminal, you can always resort to the use of third-party cleaning utilities. There is a large multitude of such apps on the Web that can be effectively used for uninstalling Wineskin and other software that is no longer needed.