How can I Totally remove Plex Media Server for Mac?

Have you ever met the problem not to able to remove Plex Media Server for Mac successfully?  Now I’m here to share what I’ve got in the idea to completely uninstall it in complete steps & tips.

“I sampled many of these programs, and now I want plex gone. Using synaptic, 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 a pc is booting) that “plex-media-server” is starting or stopping. I want it gone; how would one go about doing this?”

“I tried to uninstall the Plex Media Server plugin. I got an error as follows. The Plex Media Server still shows up on my Services list. But it is no longer showing in the Plugins tab. I’ve tried removing and adding the Plex repository but that hasn’t helped.”



Plex Media Server is a software program developed by Plex. The most common release is 0.9.728, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with.

Possible Error Caused by Incorrect Uninstall Methods

  • Plex can’t be removed to Trash because it’s open;
  • Remained Plex component showing on Mac;
  • More leftovers remained behind in my hard drive;
  • Cannot reinstall it due to Plex Media Server already exist;

Manually Uninstall Plex Media Server

Firstly, I tried the common way to uninstall Plex Media Server as guideline in my macOS:

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

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

  • ~/Library/
  • Delete the following files and folders:
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Player/
  • ~/Library/Caches/Plex Media Player/
  • ~/Library/Logs/Plex Media Player/
  • ~/Library/Saved Application State/tv.plex.Plex Media Player.savedState

3. Delete the actual application itself under /Applications/Plex Media

However, I found it was not easy to do that all my manual steps, either it wasted time or energy, or I still failed at the end. So I search & collect new way from the internet, until I find this brand new way. Now I write it out for more people like me, who just can’t completely uninstall Plex Media Server.

Automatically Uninstall Plex Media Server (Recommended)

This Automatic Uninstaller will completely scan through the whole registry and hard drive and detect all files and components that belong to Plex Media Server. With this Automatic Uninstaller, uninstalling a program completely can be as easy as ABC for you in the future.

Here’s the perfect detail to remove Plex Media Server in easier steps:

How to Uninstall Plex Media Server Completely? macOS Removal Guide

Next, here is a free tip that provide for those who need help to reset the Plex database on a Cloud device, keep up the tip to solve the problem.

More Tips: How to reset the Plex database on a Cloud device

Uninstalling the Plex App using the My Cloud Dashboard does not delete the Plex Libraries, Database and configuration files. If the Plex Database is corrupted, or to completely remove Plex from your My Cloud device, follow the steps below.

To uninstall Plex App, please use the following steps:

  • Log in to the My Cloud Dashboard
  • Select the Apps tab

  • Select Plex Media Server and turn OFF Plex

  • Click the Uninstall App icon and click OK to uninstall Plex

To delete the Plex Environment, please use the following steps:

  • Enable SSH
  • Log in to the My Cloud Device
  • Issue the following commands to delete the entire Plex Media Server configuration
  • Click Reboot on the My Cloud dashboard