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Uninstalling Adium

Uninstalling Adium is similar to uninstalling most Mac OS X applications.

Note: The "Library" folder mentioned below is hidden in OS X versions 10.7 and newer. See this article for details.

Removing the Adium application

Most of Adium is contained within a single application bundle—that's the green duck you dragged to your Applications folder in InstallingAdium.

  • Make sure Adium is not running.
  • Drag the Adium application (Usually located in /Applications) to the trash.

Removing settings, chat transcripts, and Xtras

Adium stores all of your important preferences (including accounts—specifically, the service each account is on and each account's username), all of your transcripts of previous chats (if you didn't turn logging off in Adium's Preferences), and all Xtras you've installed in this folder:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/

Adium also places preferences and supporting files in the following locations (in your 'Home' folder):

  • ~/Library/Caches/Adium/
  • ~/Library/Caches/Adium Crash Reporter/
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.adiumX.adiumX.plist
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.adiumx.crashReporter.plist

Removing the Address Book scripts

Adium also installs Apple Address Book contextual menu actions via AppleScripts in the following location:

  • ~/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins

Move all of these to the Trash (preferably with Address Book not running).

Removing saved passwords

Adium stores your passwords in your Keychain. To remove them from there

  • open Keychain Access (in your Utilities folder)
  • search for “service.username” (for example, “AIM.jdoe”).
  • select it and press the Delete (⌫) key.

Keychain Access will require your keychain password to go through with this; usually, this is the same as your Mac OS X login password. (It is *not* the password you're deleting.)

That said, it is safer to leave them in the Keychain, so you don't delete a password saved by another application by mistake. There is no harm in having keychain items that you aren't using.