I installed Cocoapods version 0.28, and now I want to uninstall it from my machine. How can I do that?


First, determine which version(s) of Cocoapods you have installed by running this in Terminal:

gem list --local | grep cocoapods

You see output similar to this:

cocoapods (0.27.1, 0.20.2)
cocoapods-core (0.27.1, 0.20.2)
cocoapods-downloader (0.2.0, 0.1.2)

Here, I have two versions of Cocoapods installed.

To completely remove, issue the following commands:

gem uninstall cocoapods
gem uninstall cocoapods-core
gem uninstall cocoapods-downloader

If you have multiple versions installed, like I have, it will prompt you to choice a specific version or all. If you want to uninstall a specific version you can also use the -v switch as follows:

gem uninstall cocoapods -v 0.20.2

Running gem list --local | grep cocoapods again will confirm that Cocoapods has been removed.

You may have residual artefacts in a hidden folder in your home directory. Remove these with:

rm -rf ~/.cocoapods
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    add sudo before every command if it gives error like "You don't have write permissions for the /usr/bin directory". For e-g sudo gem uninstall cocoapods – Nasir Mahmood Dec 11 '14 at 10:18
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    You may also want to remove the files cocoapods creates with: rm -rf ~/.cocoapods – Adam Mar 20 '15 at 20:22
  • Thanks sir. However mine were in a Ruby folder so Terminal hinted: try this command instead: 'gem uninstall -i /Users/Rob/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.3.1@global cocoapods' – Rob Oct 16 '16 at 8:23
  • gem list doesn't list cocoa pods as installed on my Mac, yet there is a large hidden cocoapods directory in my home directory. How to continue from there? where should I look for cocoapods leftovers? I cannot rely on gem here. – Motti Shneor Oct 7 '19 at 4:08
  • @MottiShneor From two comments above your's: rm -rf ~/.cocoapods. – neilco Oct 8 '19 at 10:29

I used the following bash script to remove all the relevant gems.

for i in $( gem list --local --no-version | grep cocoapods );
    gem uninstall $i; 

Additionally delete ~/.cocoapods to remove the cache of podspecs.

rm -rf ~/.cocoapods/
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  • This is the complete answer – William Entriken Feb 13 '16 at 18:05
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    this is same and better: gem list --local --no-version | grep cocoapods | xargs gem uninstall – Eir Nym Apr 24 '16 at 13:50
  • I need sudo for do gem uninstall, so I modified the bash like this (one line command): for i in $( gem list --local --no-version | grep cocoapods ); do sudo gem uninstall $i; done – Daniele Sep 10 '19 at 15:53

gem list --local | grep cocoapods | awk '{print $1}' | xargs sudo gem uninstall

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    This is the only one that worked for me, thanks! Together with sudo rm -fr ~/.cocoapods/repos/master it finally removed everything. – turingtested Oct 10 '18 at 13:27

Easy, just run the following command to remove all or just a specific cocoapod gem:

sudo gem uninstall cocoapods
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I was following this answer but for Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 I was encountering an error as below on executing gem uninstall -n cocoapods command

pranav-MacBook-Pro:~ pranavpranav$ gem uninstall -n cocoapods
ERROR:  While executing gem ... (Gem::CommandLineError)
    Please specify at least one gem name (e.g. gem build GEMNAME)

In order to overcome the issue with permissions you must use the below command

sudo gem uninstall cocoapods -n /usr/local/bin
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  • this works for me, thanks – James Yang Sep 29 '19 at 5:23

This is what perfectly work for me.

  1. Uninstall CocoaPods (choose to uninstall all versions):

    sudo gem uninstall cocoapods

  2. Remove old master repo:

    sudo rm -fr ~/.cocoapods/repos/master

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    This would be less confusing if you included only the information necessary to uninstall. Adding the bits about reinstallation doesn't make sense as part of an answer to this question. – music2myear Mar 17 '17 at 22:12
  • thanx, i will do it next time. – BatyrCan Mar 23 '17 at 7:53

Remove lib form Podfile, then pod install again.

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