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Uninstalling Soundflower


Uninstall via the app

  1. Please see this article re Soundflower & El Capitan. It has uninstall instructions from within the app.

Uninstall Soundflower via Package

    1. The first step is to Download version Soundflower 1.6.6b.
    2. Find the installer DMG. It's probably in your Downloads folder.
    3. Open up the downloaded DMG file, and run the script highlighted below.
      Download soudflower
    4. Press the play button at the top of the window. Doing so executes the script and removes the existing driver.
    5. Reboot [seriously!] - This part is important! To ensure that the driver is unloaded correctly, you do need to reboot. Failing to do this part can result in update / installation / general weirdness (tm).


System Integrity Protection

If you previously installed Soundflower on an older version of OS X you may encounter a message saying "The installer encountered an error that caused the installation to fail. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance." In this case you will need to disable System Integrity Protection and remove /System/Library/Extensions/Soundflower.kext (and then re-enable System Integrity Protection). If you don't know what this means, get a tech-savvy friend to do it for you.

Driver Still There?

If when you reboot (you did reboot, right?) you find that Soundflower is still there, check that it isn't installed in another location as well (thanks for Hauke Norman for this tip).

  1. Is Soundflower.kext in /Library/Extensions?
  2. Is it *anywhere at all*?  From Terminal, type "mdfind -name Soundflower.kext".  If you get any files, these need to be removed for the driver to be uninstalled.
  3. If so, delete it
  4. Reboot


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    Mike Dembski

    I followed the instructions and Soundflower is still an option for Airplay.

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    Neil Clayton

    Did you also reboot?

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    Adam Pettit

    I have followed the instructions, rebooted, and deleted the audio plist files in /Library/Preferences.

    Sound flower files are nowhere to be found on my computer, but it still shows up in my Sound Preferences and Audio Midi Setup.

    How do I get rid of these options in the drop down list?

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    Robert Bullen

    Can you please send this to [email protected] and I can help you from there

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    Thomas Durfee

    Adam, do you have something like SplashTop Streamer installed? If I recall, it uses SoundFlower for audio over VNC.

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    Neil Clayton

    Adam, if you find out what it was that caused the issue, let us know. It'd be useful to document this article with it.

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    How do you reboot i am just asking

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    Neil B

    Just to make this clear, when you double click on the Uninstall Soundflower script, a dialog box opens up. MAKE SURE you press the Play icon on the top of this window to run the script. I made the mistake of assuming that merely opening that window uninstalled Soundflower. It will ask for administrator's password, before running the uninstall. Worked like a charm for me!

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    Mihail Sestakov


    The above procedure did not work for me, I could still see Soundflower in System Preferences / Sound, Output tab.

    Scanning my hard drive I've found that I've used a different installer, "Soundflower-2.0b2.dmg". I've found it on GitHub, link, under the subhead Downloads - "Soundflower-2.0b2.dmg". The Uninstall scrip is:
    on run
    do shell script "sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/Soundflower.kext" with administrator privileges
    do shell script "sudo rm -rf /Library/Extensions/Soundflower.kext" with administrator privileges
    do shell script "sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/Soundflower*" with administrator privileges
    do shell script "sudo rm -rf /var/db/receipts/com.cycling74.soundflower.*" with administrator privileges
    do shell script "sudo rm -rf /Applications/Soundflower" with administrator privileges
    end run

    You can see the extra line compared to the Uninstaller for Soundflower 1.6.6b:
    do shell script "sudo rm -rf /Library/Extensions/Soundflower.kext" with administrator privileges

    So *after* following Neil Clayton instructions above, if you're still seeing Sunflower in System Preferences / Sound, Output tab, try executing the above command on it own:
    - Open Terminal app
    - type in: sudo rm -rf /Library/Extensions/Soundflower.kext
    - type your password when prompted.

    Example session dump:
    Last login: Sun Dec 4 10:07:59 on console
    33-82-114-61:~ mihail$ sudo rm -rf /Library/Extensions/Soundflower.kext
    33-82-114-61:~ mihail$


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    Philip Darbyshire

    Mihail's advies to Open Terminal app
    - type in: sudo rm -rf /Library/Extensions/Soundflower.kext
    - type your password when prompted.

    FINALLY fixed this issue. At last. Many thanks indeed

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    Ditto. Mihail's solution was the only one that worked for me. I tried everything above that to no avail. Soundflower.kext was not appearing in my 'extensions' folder in Finder, though the "mdfind -name Soundflower.kext" command (shown above) showed it was there.

    Edited by Steven
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