How to Uninstall Docker Desktop Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of uninstalling Docker Desktop on your Mac. Whether you are looking to switch to a different containerization platform or simply need to free up some space on your machine, removing Docker Desktop is a straightforward process.

Step 1: Stopping Docker Desktop

Before we begin uninstalling Docker Desktop, it is important to stop any running containers and services. This ensures that all Docker-related processes are terminated before proceeding.

  • Step 1.1: Open the Docker Desktop application.
  • Step 1.2: Click on the Docker icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen.3: Select “Quit Docker Desktop” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Uninstalling Docker Desktop

To uninstall Docker Desktop, follow these steps:

  • Step 2.1: Open a new Finder window.
  • Step 2.2: Navigate to the “Applications” folder.3: Locate the Docker.app file and drag it to the Trash bin icon in your Dock.

Cleaning Up Remaining Files

To ensure a complete removal of Docker Desktop, you may also want to delete any remaining configuration files and data associated with it.

  • Note: Removing these files will permanently delete any custom configurations or images you may have created or downloaded using Docker Desktop.
  • Step 3.1: Open a Terminal window.
  • Step 3.2: Run the following command to remove Docker-related files:
rm -rf ~/.docker
rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/com.docker.docker
rm -rf ~/Library/Containers/com.docker
rm -rf ~/Library/Group\ Containers/group.com.docker

Note: The above commands will delete the Docker configuration files and cached data specific to your user account.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled Docker Desktop from your Mac. Remember, if you ever decide to use Docker again, you can easily reinstall it by downloading the latest version from the official Docker website.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the uninstallation process. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to the Docker community or consult their official documentation.

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