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Removing preferences belonging to your app…

I was working on some code to uninstall an application, and was pleasantly surprised to find that Cocoa’s NSUserDefaults class will remove the application’s preferences file from ~/Library/Preferences if you remove all the keys:

NSUserDefaults *defaults = [NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults];
NSArray *keys = [[defaults dictionaryRepresentation] allKeys];

int i, count = [keys count];
for (i = 0; i < count; i++) {
   [defaults removeObjectForKey:[keys objectAtIndex:i]];
}

[defaults synchronize];

It's not often you find uninstall options for OS X applications, but it's nice Apple's engineers thought about this case and handle it appropriately.

1 Comment

  1. Are you sure you were not looking at vista… just kidding. LOL

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