How to uninstall/remove CUDA drivers for nVidia cards from OS X Mountain Lion

CUDA Driver:

rm -r /usr/local/cuda
rm -r /Library/Frameworks/CUDA.framework

CUDA Toolkit:

rm -r /Developer/NVIDIA

13 thoughts on “How to uninstall/remove CUDA drivers for nVidia cards from OS X Mountain Lion”

    1. No such file of directory. Sorry, I'm really a noob when it comes to Terminal. How should I use it properly?

    2. Yep. I get the same thing. No such file name or directory. Would love a little clarification, thanks!

  1. I don't get it? How do you uninstall CUDA? Put these commands into my terminal? Sorry I am new to this

  2. Only two things to add to this thread that might prove to be useful by way of completeness.

    1] Using the rm instructions still leaves the preference pane in System Preferences. Easily removed by means of Select and Ctrl that item in System Preferences.

    2] Simply entering the command line instructions can and shall result in a permission denied problem, the solution is

    precede the command line instructions by sudo


    sudo rm -r /Developer/NVIDIA

    then enter your logon / account password

  3. uninstall removes more:

    (kernel) Kext com.nvidia.CUDA not found for unload request.
    Failed to unload com.nvidia.CUDA - (libkern/kext) not found.
    removing [/usr/local/cuda]
    removing [/Developer/NVIDIA/CUDA-5.5]
    removing [/System/Library/StartupItems/CUDA]
    removing [/System/Library/Extensions/CUDA.kext]
    removing [/Library/Preferences/com.nvidia.CUDAPref.plist.lockfile]
    removing [/Library/Preferences/com.nvidia.CUDAPref.plist]
    removing [/Library/PreferencePanes/CUDA Preferences.prefPane]
    removing [/Library/LaunchAgents/com.nvidia.CUDASoftwareUpdate.plist]
    removing [/Library/Frameworks/CUDA.framework]
    removing [/private/var/db/receipts/com.nvidia.cuda.launchagent.pkg.plist]

  4. "Mihail Stoynov’s instructions on this are, IMHO, more complete."

    They don't actually remove everything that the uninstall script does, so... no, no they're not 😉

  5. Just have a look in /usr/local/cuda/bin/. You will find some uninstall scripts according to your version of CUDA.

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