Wine is known to build the bridge between Mac OSX and Windows-only apps without putting a strain on your system. Essentially, you can run supported Windows programs by typing in a few Terminal commands; and that’s completely free. Installing Windows alongside macOS through Boot Camp or using virtualization software such as Parallels Desktop all for the sake of a few programs is not efficient. It takes up disk space as well as a lot of memory and is not the optimal method when you are trying to figure out how to run Windows apps.
However, if you have made up your mind that you need more than just a few apps, but rather a fuller Windows experience, or Wine simply does not support what you need, then uninstalling it is the logical step to take.
How to Launch Wine Uninstall Program Using Terminal on Mac
Perhaps, you are not looking to part with Wine just yet but need to uninstall some of the software installed by Wine. It often is unclear how to delete Windows application from your Mac after installing them using Wine. Finding and deleting separate files manually is not an option as the process is far too tedious and inefficient. When it comes to uninstalling particular software and all programs in Wine, it breaks the mold by giving the user an actual uninstaller interface. How do you access it?
- Open Terminal and run the command line: wine uninstaller.
- In the popped up window, select the application you want to uninstall.
- Click on the Remove button in the bottom right corner.
- Repeat for the other Windows software you want to remove.
You can easily access the uninstaller at any time to delete any of the Windows programs currently installed on your Mac using Wine.
How to Delete Wine from Mac
“I can’t figure out how do I uninstall Wine from my Mac” — a statement often seen online wherever Wine is concerned. For many users, installing Wine on MacBook may be the introduction to Terminal and all of its endless possibilities. When the time comes to uninstall Wine, these users are often left clueless as to what to do with all files that were used for and by Wine. This makes uninstalling all the more difficult.
Much like the case with the installation, uninstallation is, too, best done using Terminal commands. Open Terminal and run the following command to delete Wine: brew uninstall wine.
Homebrew, previously installed to install Wine, will then remove Wine from your Mac. However, you need to keep in mind that you’ve also installed a list of other packages crucial to keeping Wine running correctly.
How to Uninstall All Wine Packages on Mac
It is safe to assume that upon removing Wine you will be looking to clean up all associated packages. To do that, at first you will need to recall which packages you have installed (like XQuartz and others). If you have installed any using pkg files, then you have to look for them in your Applications folder. Pkg files typically install self-contained packages which can simply be moved to Trash. For the ones ‘brewed’ using Homebrew, you will have to get back to Terminal and delete them by using the following command: brew uninstall [package_name].
Make sure to include correct package name when running the commands, e.g. brew uninstall xquartz. And in case you will be having trouble getting rid of the Homebrew formula as it might be currently operational, you can force uninstall it by adding –force to the command line.
How to Completely Uninstall Wine from Mac OS X
“Do I need to run all these commands? Isn’t there an easier way?” — this is a perfectly reasonable question for someone who’s dealt with similar things before.
Firstly, you need to install Homebrew with Terminal, secondly, install additional programs via Homebrew to ensure Wine works correctly, thirdly, run a command line to compile and install Wine for Mac — for all of this hassle you have to go through, Wine, fortunately, rewards you with a fairly simple way of complete removal.
To delete Wine in all of its glory, along with Homebrew and other additional software, run this exact script using Terminal:
ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/uninstall)”
This single script will uninstall everything related to Homebrew, including Wine, Homebrew itself, and all of the software installed by Homebrew to run Wine.