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Uninstall XCode / Xcode 4 Preview

There is no application in Mac OSX to uninstall Programs. The only thing you can do is drag an application to the Trash Can.
However, it is quite simple to uninstall applications on MAC OS; you just move the application to the trash bin. Doing this, however, does not completely take care of uninstalling programs on Mac.

To understand why, you need to know that programs on Mac computers are of two types; the bundled programs, which can be uninstalled just by moving them to the Trash bin, and the non-bundled programs, which can be uninstalled using the same method, but additional manual work is required to clean up after them. Many programs leave behind settings and other small files that continue to take up space on your hard drive. These must be cleared out as well to ensure that you efficiently uninstall programs on Mac.

Here are some third-party uninstallers for your Mac, and their features:

Appcleaner

Appcleaner
Finds support files and preferences left behind by programs, and removes them from your hard disk.
Select the program that you want to uninstall and drag and drop it into AppCleaner

Apptrap

Apptrap
Takes care of supporting files, preferences and system files.
When you delete an application, an AppTrap window pops up and asks you if you want to remove the trashed program’s associated files.

Now, what about XCode?

The thing is that XCode is not listed as application, application bunldes and widgets.
To succefully remove XCode you have to run this command

sudo /Library/uninstall-devtools –mode=all

is the directory where the tools are installed. For typical installations the full path is /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools
Cant find it

find / -type f -name “uninstall-devtools”

Easy enough, just make sure this is what you really intend to do as once it’s gone, it’s gone.