I have tried Afloat for windows management in my Mac (OS X Lion), but I do not find it very useful. Would anybody know how I can uninstall it, please?

The official website has no guide on uninstalling it.


It looks like it's a SIMBL plugin, which means you just need to move it out of

/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins


~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins

You might also want to uninstall SIMBL as well.

Most of the Mac OS X community, especially the developer community, look down upon anything that uses SIMBL, APE (Unsanity's Application Enhancer, "haxies"), or other so-called "Input Manager hacks" because they alter the runtime environment of other apps in unapproved, unpredictable ways, and thus can cause other applications to crash.

  • If I copy the Afloat.bundle file from one Mac to another, will that be enough to copy Afloat between them? (since the installer is no longer available) – DanC Feb 27 '14 at 13:33

For Leopard:

Uninstalling Afloat & PlugSuit on Leopard.

To uninstall Afloat and PlugSuit on Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”, use the Afloat 2 Installer application you used to install Afloat on your computer. These instructions only apply to Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”. If you installed the Afloat Pack for Snow Leopard, see instead Uninstalling the Afloat Pack for Snow Leopard.

Removing Afloat & PlugSuit To remove: Open the Afloat 2 Installer application you used to install Afloat. If you don't have it anymore, you can redownload the Afloat installer for Leopard at any time. In the lower-left corner of the installer's window, click on Remove, then Remove Afloat & PlugSuit. The installer will then remove the software.

For Snow Leopard (& Lion / Mountain Lion):

Uninstalling the Afloat Pack for Snow Leopard.

Afloat Pack for Snow Leopard includes Afloat 2.2 and SIMBL. To remove each, follow these steps: Removing Afloat In the Finder, choose Go > Home from the menu. Open the following folders: Library > Application Support > SIMBL > Plugins Move the Afloat icon to the trash. You might need to log out and log back in to be able to empty the Trash. Removing SIMBL Download the latest SIMBL for Snow Leopard distribution at the SIMBL web site. Use the SIMBL Uninstaller application in the distribution to remove SIMBL. Please note: This may stop other system extenders from working. Make sure you're not using other system extenders before you remove SIMBL.


Uninstalling SIMBL the hard way (remove all residue) do the following:

locate SIMBL | sudo xargs rm -rf

  • After using this command (and entered my password), I have no error, but files are still here. That's so weird. – MoOx Mar 4 '16 at 11:31
  • I think it's related to OS X 10.11 SIP thing... – MoOx Mar 4 '16 at 11:32
  • That thing might have some interesting info about how to delete SIMBL on OS X (you need to disable SIP for a while) josephkotzker.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/… – MoOx Mar 4 '16 at 11:34
  • I explained how to uninstall based on your command here apple.stackexchange.com/questions/153742/… – MoOx Mar 4 '16 at 12:10

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