I installed puppet 3.x on Mac OS 10.8.4 a few weeks back, and now want to remove it.
The installer.dmg does not come with an uninstaller, and there is no .app package to remove.

How do you uninstall puppet from Mac OS X ?

2 Answers 2


Puppet does not have an uninstaller, you must manually remove the following files. (Tested on 3.2.3)


Remove the following binaries


Remove the following directories


To get rid of the puppet user that appears on the login screen

sudo dscl . delete /Users/puppet

You will need to reboot for the user to disappear

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The above answer is incomplete, not all the files are removed with the above commands.

I was able to completely uninstall Puppet (on Mountain Lion) by running the following commands:

for f in $(pkgutil --only-files --files com.puppetlabs.puppet); do sudo rm /$f; done
for d in $(pkgutil --only-dirs --files com.puppetlabs.puppet | tail -r); do sudo rmdir /$d; done
sudo pkgutil --forget com.puppetlabs.puppet
  • Puppetlabs did a great job having the files actually delivered by the payload, this is a very smart and native way to go about removing it. Greatly appreciated. Apr 8, 2015 at 13:39
  • With version 4.6.1 of the puppet agent you have to change com.puppetlabs.puppet to com.puppetlabs.puppet-agent. for f in $(pkgutil --only-files --files com.puppetlabs.puppet-agent); do sudo rm /$f; done for d in $(pkgutil --only-dirs --files com.puppetlabs.puppet-agent | tail -r); do sudo rmdir /$d; done sudo pkgutil --forget com.puppetlabs.puppet-agent After running this I still had files under /opt/puppetlabs so it doesn't seem to fully work currently. Aug 25, 2016 at 20:20
  • The above solution worked for me when I had to uninstall Puppet 3 on El Capitan as well. (Haven't tried with Puppet 4.) Sep 14, 2016 at 18:10

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