Clean Install Rancher Desktop
With any type of open-source project Rancher Desktop sometimes brings hiccups. We should expect this, and as the engineers address these issues. There could be a gap in the features or functionality that puts the app in an unrecoverable state – this happened to me recently. Rancher Desktop restarted Kubernetes, and everything hung and didn’t work.
I deleted the app from my Mac and tried a different version of Rancher Desktop, thinking my recent upgrade was the issue. Come to find out the version wasn’t the issue. Something went wrong, and no matter what I tried Rancher Desktop wasn’t working. At the time I didn’t care why it wasn’t working. I needed to demo something else and couldn’t get it to work.
I got a moment to sit with one of the engineers to get past this. So, if Rancher Desktop ever gets to a state where it’s stuck, here is how to fix it:
Remove the App
Go to the Applications directory and delete the app.
Remove Supporting files
~/Library/rancher-desktop ~/Library/Logs/rancher-desktop ~/Library/Preferences/rancher-desktop ~/Library/Application Support/Caches/rancher-desktop-updater ~/Library/Application Support/rancher-desktop
Reinstall the version of the Rancher Desktop you want to use.
This should clear up any issues with using Rancher Desktop and any problems you might run into.
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