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Final Cut Pro X 10.1: How to remove and reinstall Final Cut Pro X

This article will show you how to remove and install Final Cut Pro X. Part of this procedure includes deleting your user preferences.


Important note before you begin

Before deleting the preferences file be sure to first review your Final Cut Pro X preferences as they are currently configured and note any specific settings you've chosen. When deleting the Final Cut Pro X preferences file (part of the steps in this article), your editing, playback, and import preferences will be returned to default settings the next time you open Final Cut Pro X. For example, in your Import preferences you may have deselected the "Copy files to Final Cut Events folder" checkbox for a specific reason. If you remove the preferences file and relaunch Final Cut Pro X, this check box will be enabled by default and may not be the setting you prefer for your workflow.

These articles are helpful for understanding the different preferences:

Upon opening Final Cut Pro X after you've deleted the preferences file, then you can reset your preferences as they were configured previously. Do this before proceeding with tasks in Final Cut Pro X.

Removing Final Cut Pro X in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

  1. In Finder, choose Applications from the Go menu.
  2. Locate the Final Cut Pro application and drag it to the Trash.
  3. In Finder, hold down the Option key and choose Library from the Go menu.
  4. In the Library folder that opens, open the Application Support folder. Move the Final Cut Pro folder to the Trash.
  5. Return to the Library folder and open the Caches folder. Move the "" folder to the Trash.
  6. Return to the Library folder and open the Preferences folder. Move the following files to the Trash:



Reinstalling Final Cut Pro X

When you open the restored application for the first time, you may be required to sign in with the Apple ID account that you used to purchase the application.

  • From the Mac App Store
    1. Follow the steps from earlier in this article to remove Final Cut Pro X.
    2. Open the Mac App Store.
    3. Click the Purchases button in the Mac App Store toolbar.
    4. Sign in to the Mac App Store using the Apple ID you first used to purchase Final Cut Pro X.
    5. Look for Final Cut Pro X in the list of purchased applications in the App Store. If you don't see FInal Cut Pro X in the list, make sure that it's not hidden. See Mac App Store: Hiding and unhiding purchases for more information.
    6. Click Install to download and install Final Cut Pro X.
  • From a backup
    If you are reinstalling (restoring) a copy of Final Cut Pro X from a backup, you have two options. Choose one of the following:
    1. Simply drag the application back from its storage location to your Applications folder.
    2. If you use Time Machine to back up your computer, follow the steps for restoring data from Time Machine backups.
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