Uninstalling Live (Mac)

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operating System: Mac

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

Step 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.

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Step 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":
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Step 3

Locate these hidden files and folders and delete them entirely:

  • /Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/
  • /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Ableton/
  • /Users/[username]/Library/Caches/Ableton/
  • all files starting with 'com.ableton.live.' in
    /Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/
  • 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/

Here's how to access hidden folders on Mac.

Step 4

Now, browse to the Packs and User Library locations that you wrote down previously and delete them.

IMPORTANT: While Live's Core Library content and Live Packs can be downloaded and re-installed at any time, your User Library - which contains your own personal presets and files - cannot be restored once deleted, unless you have backed it up to another location. Do not delete the User Library if you have no backup of it.