AppCleaner for Mac

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 3.6
  • 3.7
  • (873)
  • Security Status
Kristina Schulz
Kristina SchulzUpdated a month ago

Free popular uninstaller for Mac applications

AppCleaner is a free software that lets you completely remove applications, and will deliver a comprehensive list of the files that are associated with each app on your Apple macOS device. While the unwanted apps are located in the ‘Applications’ folder, the related files are often located in various folders.

AppZapper, CCleaner, and CleanMyMac are alternatives to AppCleaner. All of the utilities are compatible with Apple Mac computers and laptops. AppZapper and AppCleaner have almost identical user interfaces. While both of the tools have minimal designs, CCleaner and CleanMyMac are filled with information on the UIs. You can use any of these programs for free.

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AppCleaner is completely free to use on the Mac operating systems, developed by FreeMacSoft. In fact, the developers do not even offer a paid version of AppCleaner. You can update the platform each time a new software update is released with zero costs to you. You can support the development of AppCleaner by donating on the official website.

App Cleaner is lightweight. You can use the small application to free up space on your hard disk. AppCleaner will locate all of the connected files and folders that are using space. The list of identified items will be organized in descending order with the small files at the bottom.

Is AppCleaner for Mac safe?

Free services often come bundled with risks. However, with AppCleaner, there is no third-party software or malware included. The app is also free of adware and is completely safe to use. 

Although the app doesn't impose any risk to use as it only accesses only the digital contents on your Mac, the official website does not have a privacy policy established yet. Since AppCleaner is a practical app to have, the lack of guaranteed privacy may become concerning for some users.

What is AppCleaner on Mac?

AppCleaner is a utility that allows you to easily uninstall apps on your macOS that gives you a detailed view into each of the applications. It also lets you individually erase files, along with deleting all of the associated contents. The freeware allows the removal of unwanted applications, widgets, and plugins

While AppCleaner is used primarily to clean programs from your hard drive, you can use the service to identify files connected to apps. You can modify which files and folders get deleted. All of the files that are associated with the individual apps will be automatically selected. You can deselect and reselect components by tapping on the checkmarks. Any of the files that you have marked will get deleted after you click on the delete button: ‘Remove’.

User Interface

The user interface is sleek and the simple design makes AppCleaner easy to use. The two buttons on the home screen let you switch between the ‘Importer’ and ‘Browser’

The ‘Importer’ icon is the main screen. Programs that are dropped into the window will be analyzed for what files are inside. You can drag and drop applications from the ‘Finder’ app, desktop screen, etc. 

The second tab is a ‘Browser that lets you view the installed apps. You can scroll along the scrollbar or type titles in the search bar to find programs. The list of tools is organized into categories: ‘User Applications’, ‘System Applications’, etc. An icon will appear next to each name. The location of each program is listed beneath the name. A window will appear with a detailed report when you tap an app that you want to eliminate.

A pop-up window will show you how many associated files were found for each utility. The total size of the application will be written in blue beside the number of files. Each of the items in the list will have the size and unit of measurement. The precise locations will be written for each record.

Other features

You can customize AppCleaner with the powerful ‘Preferences’ menu that is located under the ‘AppCleaner’ tab on the desktop menu bar. You can find protection features in the ‘General’ tab. The options can be unselected and reselected by tapping the checkmark. All of the features let you protect applications.

You can add programs to keep safe by clicking on the addition button underneath the list. The second tab lets you turn on the ‘SmartDelete’ command. ‘SmartDelete’ detects when applications are being thrown away. The service will automatically give you the option to remove leftovers associated with the uninstalled platform.

The third area in preferences is the ‘Updates’ section. You have the ability to automatically check for new software updates. The feature will be turned on by default. You can unmark the command to manually check for updates by clicking the linked ‘Check for Updates’ button.

You can hover above ‘Help’ in the menu bar to get assistance. ‘AppCleaner Help’ delivers technical assistance. The ‘Visit AppCleaner Website’ option will take you to the official site. A ‘Contact Support’ button lets you connect with the support team.

Efficient cleaning solution for Macs

Many files are often included with tools that you install from the internet. The files and folders are not all stored within the ‘Applications’ area on your Mac. AppCleaner scans your operating system to make sure that you do not need to search through your system. AppCleaner delivers the basic necessities that you need to thoroughly delete apps.

What’s new?

You can see the most recent version history on the official website for AppCleaner.  The developers release new software updates regularly and you can check for new releases manually with the app as well.

AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.

Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily.
AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them.

Simply drop an application onto the AppCleaner window. It will find for the related files and you can delete them by clicking the delete button.


  • Safe
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Saves space
  • Advertisement free
  • Simple user interface


  • Does not give you a privacy policy

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AppCleaner for Mac

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 3.6
  • 3.7
  • (873)
  • Security Status

User reviews about AppCleaner

  • Mike O'Brien

    by Mike O'Brien

    I gave it an 8 because softonic asked me to review it after only five minutes use... It worked fine and took some stuff off the computer including Cle More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Removes apps easy and leaves no junk .
    I was surprised that traditional drag and drop trashing does not remove all application`s components fro More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Very happy with this app.
    I originally obtained this app through the Mac App Store, but they no longer have it. I have had version 2.1.0 for aw More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    AppCleaner update.
    I have 10.6.3. I downloaded an update to AppCleaner. It opened with a notice that it only worked with a system update. I do n More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Best app for deleting other apps..
    Better than AppZapper (which I got as part of a bundle) and better than all other uninstall apps out there.  More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Simply amazing!.
    It works as a jewel. Best app around !
    As AleMello i think it should be integrated in mac os x. No reason for all of us to More


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