How to perform uninstallation using Terminal
New versions of NTFS for Mac include a button for uninstalling the software directly in System Preferences, but there are instances where using the bundled script may be more efficient. This is typically the case when administering multiple Macs remotely, for example.
The location of the script varies slightly depending on which version of NTFS for Mac is installed, so we've included the appropriate commands below:
For 2018 up to the latest release, run this command:
For 2015 through 2016.1, use this command:
For 2014 or earlier releases, the valid command is:
If you are installing another version of NTFS for Mac, be sure to restart your Mac after running the uninstallation script, before running the installer.
Note: Take special care when applying the commands below, because entering them incorrectly could result in removing files related to other applications and the system!
Usually uninstallation by use of the script above is adequate, but there are some cases where you may wish to remove other supporting files such as preferences and the current activation (if you are, for example, transferring your license to a new Mac or are having issues with your settings file).
To remove the support files, you can use the command(s) below:
sudo rm -r '/Library/Application Support/Tuxera NTFS/'
sudo rm /Library/Preferences/com.tuxera.NTFS.plist
To remove potential residual files related to the kernel extensions located in /Library/StagedExtension, you may want to run the command below (this is normally unnecessary, and will remove files related to other third party tools as well!):
MacOS X & macOS up to 10.15 (Catalina):
sudo kextcache --prune-staging
macOS 11 and later:
sudo kmutil clear-staging