Uninstalling Box Drive




  1. Quit Box Drive
  2. Uninstall the application in the Control Panel.

Before removing all traces of Box Drive from your machine, first ensure that all hidden folders are visible.
To view hidden files and folders in Windows:

  1. In the Windows taskbar, open File Explorer.
  2. At the top of the File Explorer window, click View.
  3. In the View menubar, click Options and select Change folder and search options.
  4. At the top of tthe Folder Options window, click the View tab.
  5. In Advanced settings, check Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  6. At the bottom of the window, click OK.

To remove all traces of the Box Drive application from your machine:

  1.  Go to C:\ProgramData\Box and delete the Box subfolder.
  2. Open Registry Editor and delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Box\Box.
  3. Go to C:\Users\[USER]\AppData\Local\Box and delete the Box subfolder.
  4. Open Registry Editor and delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Box\Box.
  5. If the machine has multiple user accounts, login using each user account and repeat steps 3 and  4.


  1. Quit Box Drive
  2. Open a Terminal window and run the following command:
    fileproviderctl domain remove -A com.box.desktop.boxfileprovider; defaults delete com.box.desktop; rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Box/Box

    This command will:

    • Archive all files that are not synced (not uploaded to Box) from "~/Library/CloudStorage/Box-Box" and move it to a new folder at "~/Box-Box (Archive)


      If you already have a "~/Box-Box (Archive)" folder from a previous manual reset, the folder will be named "~/Box-Box (Archive) 2", or if that name is already taken, "~/Box-Box (Archive) 3", and so on.

    • Exclude from the above archive files that are “up-to-date” or synced on Box
    • Re-create the parent hierarchy of the archived files
  3. While still in the Terminal window, now run the uninstaller script:
    • Type the following and press Enter:
      /Library/Application\ Support/Box/uninstall_box_drive





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