I had installed MySQL from the command line when I setup a local web server with custom modules on my Snow Leopard box. I recently discovered MAMP and its just easier to work with it than with the personal web server Apple has and via command like utils.

I uninstall ports completely but still see 'mysqld' in my Activity Monitor. I would like to uninstall this cleanly. Any tips?

3 Answers 3


If you haven't yet rebooted your computer, the process could still be running. First, reboot.

Then if MySQL is still showing up after a reboot, from the Terminal, issue the following commands one at a time1:

  • sudo rm /usr/local/mysql
  • sudo rm -rf /usr/local/mysql*
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/PreferencePanes/My*
  • rm -rf ~/Library/PreferencePanes/My*
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/mysql*
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/MySQL*

And using your text editor of choice:

  • Edit /etc/hostconfig and remove the line MYSQLCOM=-YES-

If you still cannot install or run a different version of MySQL, you might have to issue one last command in the Terminal2:

  • sudo rm -rf /var/db/receipts/com.mysql.mysql*
  • Just tried this on Lion, worked fine for me there too. Thanks! Oct 4, 2011 at 14:49
  • I'm over a year late to the party, but one thing I just found was that I also had to remove /etc/my.conf so it wouldn't conflict with my newly installed one. Thanks for this answer, though; saved me a bunch of time!
    – Steve
    Nov 13, 2012 at 16:36

Another option is to do the following

Run this

launchctl list|grep mysql

Make note of the name of the mysql process name

launchctl unload mysql-process-name-from-other-command.plist

This will stop the process without need to uninstall or restarting.


You will need to kill the mysqld proccess in the Activity Monitor.

Then you will need to delete the following:


Some of the folders with version numbers in them may be names different then what I have listed.

Also this Stackoverflow question may help: How do you uninstall MySQL from Mac OS X?

  • I am unable to kill the process in Activity Monitor. Keeps restarting.
    – Abhic
    Apr 9, 2010 at 15:18

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