Uninstalling Tailscale

Here’s how to uninstall Tailscale from your device, or completely reset Tailscale for debugging purposes.

Windows

Tailscale for Windows can be uninstalled like any Windows app, by using the Windows Control Panel. Go to Settings > Apps, find Tailscale, and press the “Uninstall” button.

If you’d like to completely delete Tailscale, destroying any state or local information, you can also remove the files at the following paths:

C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Tailscale
C:\Windows\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Tailscale

After deleting these files, if you install Tailscale on this device again at a later time, it will have a new IP address.

macOS

Tailscale is a standard Mac App Store app, and can be easily uninstalled from LaunchPad.

If you’d like to completely delete Tailscale, destroying any state or local information, you can also take the following steps:

  1. Remove the files at the following paths:

    ~/Library/Containers/io.tailscale.ipn.macos
    ~/Library/Containers/io.tailscale.ipn.macos.login-item-helper
    ~/Library/Containers/io.tailscale.ipn.macos.network-extension
  2. Open System Preferences > Network. Look for “Tailscale Tunnel” in the list of services, and if it’s there, remove it by selecting it and pressing the “–” button at the bottom. Be sure to apply your changes.

  3. Open Keychain Access and search for “tailscale”, and delete any entries you see. At the time of writing, this includes only tailscale-logdata and tailscale-preferences.

After taking these steps, if you install Tailscale on this device again at a later time, it will have a new IP address.

iOS

Uninstall Tailscale as you would any iOS app. No extra steps are needed.

Linux

Uninstall Tailscale by using the uninstall command of the package manager you used to install the binary in the first place:

For all Ubuntu and Debian versions, uninstall using apt-get:

sudo apt-get remove tailscale

For CentOS 7 and Amazon Linux 2, uninstall using yum:

sudo yum remove tailscale

For openSUSE Leap 15.1, 15.2, and openSUSE Tumbleweed, uninstall using zypper:

sudo zypper rm tailscale

For CentOS 8, RHEL 8, and Fedora, uninstall using dnf:

sudo dnf remove tailscale

If you’d like to completely delete Tailscale, destroying any state or local information, you can also remove the file at:

/var/lib/tailscale/tailscaled.state

After deleting these files, if you install Tailscale on this device again at a later time, it will have a new IP address.

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