The beta doesn't have an uninstaller, Blizzard's directions are (by their own admission) not thorough. Where are all of the D3 directories and preference files, and what is the most effective way to zap them?

  • Whenever I have to fully uninstall something, I use AppCleaner. Plus, it's free.
    – Dante
    Apr 22 '12 at 21:24
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    Mac apps are notoriously difficult to fully uninstall - drag .app file or folder containing it to trash. Empty trash. Exceedingly rare is the program that dumps more than a small plaintext preference file anywhere else on your system. Apr 22 '12 at 21:33
  • "Fully" being the operative word. I've had my fair share of hidden caches.
    – Wolf
    Apr 22 '12 at 21:38
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz apps are always leaving stuff in ~Library and various other places. From memory the StarCraft II demo required cleaning up.
    – row1
    Apr 23 '12 at 4:34
  • @row1 Personally, I'm really not going to worry about 10kb of junk .plist files in ~library, which is the majority of what you're talking about. Unless you're troubleshooting, you really shouldn't need to either. Apr 23 '12 at 13:33

Uninstalling applications in Mac OS X is very different than uninstalling in a Microsoft 1Windows environment because Mac OS X has nothing like the Windows Registry.

Most Mac OS X applications (anything that ends in .app), like Safari and iTunes, are bundles. The application icon you see in Finder (typically the Applications Folder) is usually a special folder itself, made to appear as a single double-clickable file. These "folders" contain all, or at least most, of the files needed to run the application, ie they are self-contained. This means that to uninstall these applications, you only have to drag them to the Trash. If you control-click (or right-click) on an Application icon, and you see "Show Package Contents", then it is a bundle.


For Diablo III Beta, you just delete the folder, because it does not create Package Content for you to delete.

But it does create fill .txt files that are not part of the installation. Here is a screenshot of my Mac with all files with "Diablo" in their name.

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And here's the screenshot with the "Beta" name search:

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Aside from the Diablo III "Beta Setup" that is in my Download folder, there is "diablo3_beta_enus-driverinfo.txt" that is in /Users/Shared/Battle.Net/Client/Blizzard Launcher.1454/Support

The others files are inside the folder in the applications (or in the location you selected).

Also inside /Users/Shared, there are 2 folders called: Battle.net and Blizzard. They are created after you install any Blizzard Game like WoW or SC or Diablo. I don't recommend to your remove those folders, unless you are going to stop playing Blizzard games.

Almost forgot:

There is a file that saves your preferences called D3Prefs.txt the location is: /Application Support/Blizzard/Diablo III

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    There is a folder in Application Support, too - ~/Library/Application Support/Blizzard/Diablo III.
    – Adeese
    Apr 22 '12 at 22:35
  • @Adeese you are right. going to fix this.
    – Michel
    Apr 22 '12 at 23:06
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    If you're going to be thorough enough to look in ~/Library/Application Support, you should also probably delete the .plist files found in ~/Library/Preferences. They all share the com.blizzard. prefix. You really shouldn't need to delete anything in /Library unless you're troubleshooting a bad install though. 20kb is not going to provide any useful additional storage space on a modern hard drive. Apr 23 '12 at 13:41
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    For me: Just delete the folder will solve the problem. The other files don't mess with nothing and they're not heavy.
    – Michel
    Apr 23 '12 at 20:01

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