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Removing and Reinstalling Steam on a Mac

  • Can I play my games without Steam?
  • Can I remove and reinstall Steam to troubleshoot an issue without losing my games?
  • How can I completely remove Steam from my Mac?

Steam is required

The Steam application is required to play all games purchased through Steam, as well as retail games registered to Steam.


Removing Steam and Steam games


The following instructions will describe how to remove Steam completely and then your games. If you complete all the steps and decide to reinstall Steam later, you will need you account name and password to reinstall your games.


If you are using Lion press CMD+G and type ~/Library to reach your Library folder.

With the Steam application active, click the Steam menu and Quit Steam to exit Steam.

  1. Open Applications and drag Steam to the Trash.
  2. Open Finder and browse to your Hard Drive>Users>[Your Mac Username]\Library\Application Support folder.
  3. Drag the Steam folder to the Trash.
  4. Empty the Trash by selecting Finder -> Empty Trash


With these files deleted, you can perform a reinstallation of Steam if you are troubleshooting a problem. The steps above complete the removal of Steam and your games from your Macintosh.



If you would like to avoid re-downloading any of your currently installed games, make sure to backup your SteamApps folder. You can find it in the following directory: Hard Drive>Users>[Your Mac Username]\Library\Application Support\Steam\.

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