How do I reset Vivaldi to its "factory default" or uninstall it completely?



  • I'm not sure why I can't find an answer to this seemingly common question via google or searching this forum. I'm on OSX Yosemite (10.10.5) Moving the app to the trash and reinstalling keeps all of my settings. I'm pretty sure i broke the bookmark toolbar by deleting all the folders in my bookmarks. I just want to reinstall or reset the browser back to its defaults to see if that fixes things. P.S. Is there an irc channel where I can ask dumb questions like this?


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    You just need to delete your profile folders after uninstall, and start over.

    I'm not familiar with Mac file structure but wherever application and program local data is stored for a user profile is where the profile folders are.

    I'm not sure you can actually "break" the bookmarks bar. There DOES need to be at least one folder (which you can create and name) within your top level bookmarks folder in order for speed dial and bookmarks bar to work, but you get to select WHAT folder to display for each of these, in settings. There just has to BE a folder so that you can select its name.



  • Just delete your profile folder to reset vivaldi.

    You can see it at the link vivaldi:about

    Reinstallation of the program is almost always an unneded waste of time.



  • can you give me the location of the folder? as it seems my vivaldi browser is permanently screwed as it wont even open a browser window


  • Moderator

    Hopefully a mac user will happen along and answer your question.



  • I haven't actually tried this myself, but it should work… Delete the following:
    ~/Library/Preferences/com.vivaldi.Vivaldi.plist
    ~/Library/Application Support/Vivaldi/
    ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.vivaldi.Vivaldi.savedState/
    ~/Library/Caches/Vivaldi/
    ~/Library/Caches/com.vivaldi.Vivaldi/
    ... and empty the trash.

    To reach the ~/Library/ folder, in Finder's menu: Go>Go to Folder... or ⇧⌘G, and type ~/Library/ then return.



  • A simple method is to use a free program called AppCleaner, which finds all those extra files for you automatically. I have been using it for a few years now, and it is very, very convenient.

    You open AppCleaner, it shows you a window, then you drag the app from your Applications folder onto the open AppCleaner window, and then AppCleaner shows you a list of everything that is associated with the app you want to remove. You can also select which files you do not want to delete (for instance, if you want to archive settings of the app, or something like that).


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