How to Uninstall Plex Media Server Completely? macOS Removal Guide

Do you have problem to completely uninstall Plex Media Server from macOS serial system? Like this:

“I sampled many of these programs, and now I want Plex Media Server gone. Using Mac Trash, I uninstalled the Plex Media package, but anytime I resume from standby, I can see in the black/white command window (the one that shows when booting) that “plex-media-server” is starting or stopping. I want it gone; how would one go about doing this?”

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This page is mainly about how to remove & uninstall Plex Media Server on macOS thoroughly. Following the instructions below will help you completely remove Plex Media Server, including all library metadata, viewstates, etc. If you simply want to install a different version, you can just run the new installer.

From Plexapp: Plex Media Server seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. The combination of centralized library management, streaming of online content, and powerful transcoding functionality provides an unrivaled level of flexibility and ease of use. Plex Media Server runs on your Mac, PC, or compatible NAS device and serves your media to all of your Plex clients including Plex-enabled mobile devices and 2011 LG Smart TVs.

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Ways to Uninstall Plex Media Server

Seam, we will offer more than two ways to uninstall Plex Media Server till it really solve the problem for you. In order to avoid potential problems caused by incorrect uninstall steps, keeping up with our instructions both in manual and automatic bellow.

Quit Plex Media Server on macOS

To completely remove the Plex Media Server from your OS X computer, first make sure the Plex Media Server is not running.

1. Click the target’s setup on the top right corner, and choose Quit Plex Media Server.

How to Uninstall Plex Media Server Completely

2. Negative Activity Monitor from Finder >> Application >> Dock, click the Network button, search the key word of Plex Media Server and then select all running process, then click X on the left, hit Quit to confirm the exit.


3. If it didn’t work, then try force quit window by pressing shortcuts of Command+ Option+ Esc >> Select Plex Media Server icon in the window and hit Force Quit.

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Easier way: Automatically Uninstall Plex Media Server

In this part, new tool will be required to finish the complete process to totally get rid of Plex Media Server, so make sure you download & install Osx Uninstaller on computer, then, start the removal tour right away by following the below three steps.

1. Launch the app and select Plex Media Server in the list, easily click on the green button “Run Analysis”;

step 1

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;

3. The tool will easily delete all the related folders and flies scanned in Step 2, now back to Step 1, Plex Media Server are gone from the list.

More details in this video tutorial below:

Traditional way: Manually Uninstall Plex Media Server

We also provide the most basic method to uninstall Plex Media Server by manual in case you need, follow the specific guide to remove it step by step now.

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After you have quit Plex Media Server on macOS, then you may uninstall it from Finder’s Application:

From Application folder:

  • Click Finder icon in the Dock > Applications.
  • Find Plex Media Server you want to uninstall, drag it to the Trash.


From Launchpad (if not download in App Store):

  • Open Launchpad > hold down an app’s icon until all the icons begin to jiggle;
  • Click the delete button X to uninstall an app from your Mac.

Delete leftover through Library

Next to clean up all the folder & files in Library folder by using the “Go” menu, this is so important when you try to completely & thoroughly remove something app on macOS and Mac OS X.

  • Launch Finder;
  • Scroll cursor to Go > click Go to Folder…;
  • Type ~/Library in the Go to Folder box and hit Enter key to open it;
  • Next type the key word Plex Media Server, Select “Library”;

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  • Then right click all the target items in the list to Move to Trash;
  • Browse to and delete the following files and folders:

~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/
~/Library/Logs/Plex Media Server/



Note: Make sure you have delete every single one of related file of Plex Media Server in order to completely remove it from Mac. And also do not delete the incorrect target item, or it will cause damage to your system.

More tips: Remove Libraries and Data of Plex Media Server


If you only wish to remove all of your Libraries and the data associated with them, you can do so, while retaining some saved server information such as your Plex account sign-in and server identity. To do so, you basically just remove the support files associated with the install and then restart the server. Please follow these steps:

  • Quit/exit/stop the Plex Media Server to ensure that it is not running
  • Delete the contents of the folder(s) for your operating system as noted below
  • Restart the Plex Media Server

Using the Finder’s “Go” menu, select Go to Folder… then enter the following in the dialog box that pops up:


From there, remove the following two locations:

~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/

Any question to uninstall Plex Media Server for Mac, please leave a message in comment section below. For more tutorial, we will see you in next one.

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