Uninstalling Final Cut Pro 3 in Mac OS X

Under certain circumstances you might have to uninstall Final Cut Pro. There are several files associated with Final Cut Pro that must be deleted from the computer to ensure that the software is completely removed.

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Tip: After completing the steps below and when Final Cut Pro has been reinstalled, the first time you open Final Cut Pro you will be prompted to enter the serial number. Make sure you have the serial number for Final Cut Pro before starting any step listed in this article.

If you have any custom settings you will want to save them prior to performing any of the steps listed below.

You will need to delete these items:

  • Final Cut Pro System Support (folder)
  • Final Cut Pro (application)
  • Final Cut Pro User Data (folder)
  • com.apple.finalcutpro.plist (file)


To uninstall, delete the following items by dragging them to the Trash. Note: You may prefer to access these locations via the Finder's Go to Folder feature. From the Go menu, choose Go to Folder and enter the Directory name. Before starting, quit Final Cut Pro if it is open.

Location File/Folder to Delete
/Applications Final Cut Pro
~/Library/Preferences * Final Cut Pro User Data
com.apple.FinalCutPro.plist
/Library/Application Support Final Cut Pro System Support
* Note: The tilde "~" refers to your home directory.

Published Date: Feb 19, 2012