How to Uninstall Ableton Live on Mac OS X, Removal Guides

  • Jimmy
  • November-07-2018 8:08
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“Hey all, how do I delete Ableton Live 9 on a Mac without hurting the computer? Do I have to manually find the project files and just delete them, or can I just drag the file located inside “programs” into the Trash? How can I fast uninstall Ableton Live from macOS and Mac OS?”

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Want to uninstall Ableton Live on Mac? Not able to find a way to uninstall Ableton Live S completely from your Mac Machine? Is your Mac machine giving error after manually uninstalling Ableton Live application?

Don’t worry, this page will give the comprehensive removal guides to completely uninstall Ableton Live from macOS and Mac OS X, just read it carefully to learn what you want.

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Prepared work before removal

You need to quit Ableton Live before uninstalling it to make sure the success of the removal. Follow this instruction to completely quit Ableton Live:

Option 1. Quit it from Dock Bar: Right click on the icon of Ableton Live on the Dock, then choose Quit;

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Option 2. RunCommend+ Q: Click the target’s setup on the top left corner, and choose Quit Ableton Live (Commend+ Q).

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Option 3. Launch Force Quit Window: press the combination Cmd + Opt + Esc, select Ableton Live and click on the Force Quit button in the windows;

force quit

Option 4. Negative Activity Monitor: Launch the Activity Monitor on Dock >> Click on the Network tab and select processes associated with Ableton Live >> Click on the Quit Process icon >> In a pop-up window, click on the Quit button to confirm the action.

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Manually uninstall Ableton Live & all associated files

1. Open Applications folder;
2. Click and hold the Ableton Live icon;
3. Drag this icon to Trash, or right click the icon to choose “Move to Trash”.


4. Select Empty Trash and finish removing this application.

Normally, it is thought that all the associated files of an application is saved in the one folder but it is not so. Ableton Live supported files & preference files are saved in other location than the Ableton Live Package folder. So you need to get all these files deleted manually. Deleting all the left overs of Ableton Live 1 is not that easy, you need to find all the location where Ableton Live has saved the files. Some of the location where Ableton Live would have saved the files are ~/Library/Preferences/, ~/Library/Application Support/

Manually Delete all associated files on macOS

Here’s how to uninstall the Live application and all associated hidden files from your computer, including Library and Pack content.

1. Launch Live, open the Preferences and go to the Library tab.

Note the paths to Installation Folder for Packs and Location of User Library.

2. Open your Applications list in Finder and remove the Live application by dragging and dropping it into the trash bin, or right click and select “Move to Trash“:

3. Locate these hidden files and folders and delete them entirely:

/Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Ableton/

all files starting with ‘’ in:


all files starting with ‘Ableton Live Engine’ in:

/Library/Application Support/Propellerhead Software/ReWire/

all files starting with ‘Ableton Live Engine’ in:

/Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Propellerhead Software/ReWire/

all files in:

Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Ableton/Live Database/



Warning: Do not delete the wrong target in Library folder, or it will cost the serious damage on your device, nor to miss any of the files of Ableton Live, or it will leave some trace behind.

Here, we offer more proper and safer removal guide for you to truly uninstall Ableton Live for Mac, keep reading the second part.

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Automatically uninstall Ableton Live & all associated files

If you want to find a convenient way to quickly uninstall Ableton Live, and easier to operate than manual option, then try to use the automated tool to completely remove it from macOS and Mac OS X.

Follow these steps after download Osx remover:

Step 1. Select Ableton Live which you need to remove in the list, easily hit Run Analysis button;

How to Uninstall Ableton Live on Mac OS X, Removal Guides

Step 2. Then, the uninstaller will analysis the target app as fast as in a few seconds later, click the button “Complete Uninstall” when all the related folders and flies appeared in the list;

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Step 3. The tool will easily delete all the related folders and flies scanned in Step 2, now press Back to Step 1 and click Refresh,  Ableton Live is gone from the list

See, Ableton Live is removed in Osx uninstaller with all associated files in a short time, if you want learn more details, watch this video tutorial below:

More Tips: How do I reset Ableton Live?

To reset Ableton Live, do the following:

Note: Resetting Live will cause your template set to be erased. You will also need to reconfigure your audio and MIDI hardware as well as your custom preferences. Plug-in support will need to be re-enabled.

Close Live on Mac

  • Go to Macintosh HD/Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/
  • Delete Preferences.cfg, Template.als, and Undo.cfg (if available).
  • Delete the same files for any version of Live on your computer and restart Live

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