How to do a clean reinstall of Visual Studio for Mac

Sometimes you just need a new start.
Here’s an easy way to wipe out all the bits from an existing Visual Studio for Mac install so you can do a clean reinstall.

You may want to save any code snippet files you’ve created. Copy this folder to a safe place so it doesn’t get axed: ~/Library/VisualStudio/7.0/Snippet


Run the first command on line 1 by itself first. You’ll be prompted for your password.

Then you can copy all the other commands and run them together.

All clean! You can now download the Visual Studio for Mac installer and begin your fresh new start.

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 Tom Soderling
Written on August 13, 2020