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How to uninstall Notes client from the Macintosh

Technote (FAQ)


Question

How do you uninstall the Lotus Notes® client on a Macintosh OS X platform?

Answer

Removing Notes from the various versions of Mac OS X is different than removing Notes on older Mac OS versions such as OS 9. There are also differences between Notes 6.x and 7.x clients.

Uninstalling Notes 6.x:

1. Back up any files you want to save (especially your user.id and names.nsf).
2. Delete the Lotus Notes directory (and data dir if it is not underneath Lotus Notes).
3. Delete Notes Preferences File.
4. Empty Trash.

Uninstalling Notes 7.x:

1. Back up any files you want to save (especially your user.id and names.nsf).
2. Delete the Notes App directory (the Notes icon in /Applications).
3. Delete the data directory:

    - On Notes 6 to Notes 7 upgrade, the data dir is where it was for the 6 install, ( /Applications/Lotus Notes/Data)
    - On a fresh Notes 7 install, the data dir is in /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Lotus Notes Data
4. Delete the Notes Preferences File.
5. Delete com.ibm.lotus.Notes.plist (same location as Notes Preferences).
6. Delete com.ibm.lotus.NotesInstaller.plist (same location as Notes Preferences).
7. Delete /Library/Receipts/Lotus Notes Installer.pkg
8. Empty Trash.

Uninstalling Notes 8.x:

Instructions can also be found at:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/domhelp/v8r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.help.domino.admin85.doc/H_UNINSTALLING_NOTES_FROM_A_MAC_OS_CLIENT_OVER.html

You can uninstall IBM ® Lotus ® Notes ® by dragging Notes.app from /Applications to the trash. This preserves user data. You can also uninstall Notes using the uninstaller application supplied with the Notes install media. This preserves user data. As well, you can also uninstall Notes by dragging the following items to the Apple ® Mac OS X ® trash bin:
  • Notes.app
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Lotus Notes Data folder ("~" = user's home directory)
  • ~/Library/Preferences/Notes Preferences

Note To reinstall after uninstalling, you may also need to delete the following items prior to reinstalling Notes:
  • /Library/Receipts/Lotus Notes Installer.pkg
  • /Library/Receipts/Lotus Notes Installer_English.pkg
  • /Library/Receipts/xpdcoreinstaller.pkg

Note If you installed the Notes basic configuration, rather than the standard configuration, you can uninstall the Notes basic configuration by dragging Notes.app from /Applications to the trash. This preserves user data. You can also uninstall Notes by dragging the following items to the Mac OS X trash bin:
  • /Applications/Notes.app
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Lotus Notes Data folder ("~" = user's home directory)
  • ~/Library/Preferences/Notes Preferences
  • /Library/Receipts/Lotus Notes Installer.pkg
  • /Library/Receipts/Lotus Notes Installer_English.pkg

Uninstalling Notes 9.x:

Instructions can also be found at: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSKTMJ_9.0.1/admin/inst_uninstallingnotesfromamacosxclient_c.dita

Note: before starting back up any files you want to save. The data folder and Preference file may be all that you need:
  • ~/Library/Application Support/IBM Notes Data folder (where ~ is the user's home directory)
  • ~/Library/Preferences/Notes Preferences


You can uninstall Notes® by dragging IBM Notes.app from /Applications to the trash. You can also uninstall Notes using the uninstaller application supplied with the Notes install media. Both methods preserve user data.

You can also uninstall Notes by dragging the following items to the Apple Mac OS X trash bin:

  • IBM Notes.app
  • ~/Library/Application Support/IBM Notes Data folder (where ~ is the user's home directory)
  • ~/Library/Preferences/Notes Preferences

Note To reinstall after uninstalling, you may also need to delete the following items prior to reinstalling Notes:
  • /Library/Receipts/IBM Notes Installer.pkg
  • /Library/Receipts/IBM Notes Installer_English.pkg
  • /Library/Receipts/xpdcoreinstaller.pkg


For information on the Notes Preferences file, including where to find it, see the technote, "Where is the Notes.ini file located on the Macintosh? " (#1090921).

Related information

Where is the Notes.ini file located on the Macintosh?

Product Alias/Synonym

Lotus Notes Client

Document information

More support for: IBM Notes
Install/Setup

Software version: 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0

Operating system(s): iOS

Reference #: 1092490

Modified date: 05 November 2009


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