Install app on macOS


Last updated: 6 September 2022

This guide explains how to install and uninstall the Mullvad VPN app for macOS users.

Installation requirements

  • You need macOS Catalina (10.15) or later. If you don't have that you can use Tunnelblick instead.
  • The Mullvad app is Apple Silicon native since version 2021.4 and works on both Intel Macs and M1 Macs.

Download and install the app

  • Download the latest version of the app from our website.
  • Navigate to the folder where the downloaded file is located and double-click the .pkg file.

Launch app for the first time

For some versions of macOS, start the app by navigating to your app folder and clicking on the Mullvad icon.

For other versions, click on your Launchpad (or press F4). In this window, click on the Mullvad icon to start the app. If you don't see the icon, use the search field to type in 'Mullvad'.
screenshot of launchpad in macOS

The first time you run the app, a notice will pop up. Click on Open to continue.
screenshot of info window macOS asking if you want to open the Mullvad app

Once the app starts, you will see an icon of a red padlock in the menu bar. Click on the padlock to display the app's login screen.
screenshot of macOS Mullvad app's red padlock icon in menu bar

Uninstall the app

You can uninstall the app in two different ways.

Uninstall option 1

To uninstall the Mullvad app and also remove the local log files, cache and settings do the following.

  1. Make sure that you have written down your Mullvad account number.
  2. Open the Terminal app and run the following command:
  3. If it asks for a password then use your Mac login password.

Uninstall option 2

This option only uninstalls the app. The local log files, cache, and settings will remain on your device.

  1.  Open the macOS Applications folder.
  2.  Find the Mullvad VPN app and drag it to the trash.
  3.  Lastly, choose Finder > Empty Trash.