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Follow Proper Steps to Uninstall NTFS-3G for Mac


NTFS-3G is a free, open-source read-write NTFS driver developed by Tuxera Inc. However, the latest update for Mac version was released in 2012, and the current version is not compatible with the latest macOS operating system. If you consider to upgrade your Mac to High Sierra, NTFS-3G will not be working any more.

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Encounter incomplete uninstall when trying to delete all components of NTFS-3G? Wondering how to truly uninstall NTFS-3G from your Mac? In this page we will first show you the three steps to manually uninstall NTFS-3G, and then recommend a more effective and hassle-free way to remove any unwanted app within a few clicks.

Uninstall Step 1. Quit NTFS-3G

Here’s a little tip you should not miss out: before uninstalling an active app, make sure to deactivate this app and all its background process. If NTFS-3G appears in the Dock, firstly right click its icon in Dock and choose Quit. And then do the followings to check and kill any running process pertaining to NTFS-3G:

  • Open up Activity Monitor from Dock, via Launchpad or in Finder.
  • Type NTFS-3G in the Search box, and select the process that contains the keyword.
  • Click the X icon on the upper left corner, and click (Force) Quit in pop-up dialog.

Activity Monitor

Or you can click Disable button in the NTFS-3G preference pane like that:

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Uninstall Step 2. Delete NTFS-3G

Uninstalling NTFS-3G is a little different from uninstalling other third-party apps. The standard way of uninstalling an app from in the /Applications folder is not quite proper to uninstall this app. Here are two available way for uninstalling NTFS-3G.

(1) Launch the built-in uninstaller

  • Head to the Apple icon in Menu bar, and choose System Preferences.
  • As the System Preferences pane opens, click the NTFS-3G at the bottom.


  • Click Uninstall NTFS-3G button in the Global Options section. If the button is grey, click the Lock icon and type your admin password to allow the change.

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  • Follow the prompts to finish the uninstallation, and then reboot your Mac.

If NTFS-3G is enabled, click the Disable button before clicking Uninstall NTFS-3G button. And after the uninstall, if the NTFS-3G icon still appears in the System Preferences pane, right click on it and choose Remove NTFS-3G Preference Pane.

(2) Run the uninstall script

If for some reasons, the aforementioned way fails, try the alternative way below.

  • Open up Finder, and choose Go > Go to Folder from the menu bar.
  • Head to the following locations: /System/Library/Filesystems/ntfs-3g.fs/Support/
  • Double click to run the script named

Note that the location that stores the script file may vary in different operating system.

Uninstall Step 3. Delete Leftovers

Though NTFS-3G has gone from your Mac, some of its components still remain. So, how to delete the preferences file, the catalog file, and other lingering files? Follow the instructions below to hunt down and remove all NTFS-3G-related items:

  • Open the Finder, head to the Go menu in Menu Bar, and choose Go to Folder.
  • Type ~/Library in the box that appears, and hit Enter key to open up the folder.

Go to Folder

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Search for the items whose names contain NTFS-3G (or Tuxera) in the locations:
~/Library/Caches/, ~/Library/Preferences/, ~/Library/PreferencePanes/, ~/Library/ApplicationSupport/, ~/Library/LaunchAgents/, ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/, ~/Library/StartupItems/

Warning: Don’t rush to delete any file if you are not sure whether it belongs to NTFS-3G. Mistakenly deleting unrelated items could affect other apps or even the system. To locate NTFS-3G leftovers precisely, use the Search feature in Finder:

  • In ~/Library, click Search in upper right corner, and type in NTFS-3G (or Tuxera).
  • Click “Library” under the bar to show the result in the specific folder.
  • Select the matched items in the search result, and delete them to the Trash.

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  • After that, repeat the steps to delete NTFS-3G leftovers stored in Library folder.
  • Finally, empty the Trash to permanently get rid of all NTFS-3G traces.

For now you should have successfully uninstalled NTFS-3G and remove its remnants from macOS/Mac OS X. Mac beginners may feel a little sophisticated to complete all the manual uninstall steps. Well, if you wish to be exempted from the tedious, laborious work, the one-stop solution shown below may be more suitable for you.

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Osx Uninstaller is a lightweight but powerful tool that allows users to delete all components of target app within a few clicks. If you encounter issues when trying to uninstall a problematic, stubborn or malicious app, try if Osx Uninstaller could help

With this tool in hand, you can take simply 3 steps to totally get rid of NTFS-3G:

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1. Launch Osx Uninstaller, select NTFS-3G and click Run Analysis button.
2. Click Complete Uninstall, and then click Yes to execute the uninstall.
3. Click on Back to Interface button to re-scan currently installed apps.


You can repeat the same steps to remove other apps associated to NTFS-3G. The whole process is streamlined, easy-to-operate and time-saving.

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To conclude, this post contains detailed instructions to guide you to uninstall NTFS-3G. Which uninstall option do you prefer to take? Anytime you are caught in uninstall troubles, a handy uninstaller like Osx Uninstaller can offer comprehensive assistance, but note that this tool requires a valid license key to work perfectly.


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