How to Completely Remove/Uninstall Programs in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) 6


ubuntu_nattyThis brief tutorial shows you how to completely uninstall programs or packages in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty. If you’re new to Ubuntu and would like to know how to completely uninstall packages, then this tutorial is for you. Removing packages allows you get rid of programs you don’t like as well as reclaim disk space.

 

Getting started:

 

To get started, go to ‘Power –> System Settings’

 

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Then select ‘System –> Synaptic Package Manger’

 

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Next, select ‘Status’

 

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Then select ‘Installed’ packages group on the left. On the right, you’ll see all installed packages that can be uninstalled.

 

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To uninstall a package, right-click on it and select ‘Mark for Complete Removal’

 

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Next, click ‘Apply’ to apply the changes.

 

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Finally, click ‘Apply’ to remove the package you want to uninstall.

 

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That’s all to it.


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6 thoughts on “How to Completely Remove/Uninstall Programs in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)

  • Daphne

    I tried that for Shotwell, and it’s still not launching on reinstall. It crashed the system during a photo import my first time using it and hasn’t launched since, even after multiple uninstalls, restarts, installs. It seems this is a somewhat common problem with Shotwell that pops up as various different bugs.. It seems that this fix doesn’t completely erase all traces of the application (possibly the fault of the developers).

  • Sean

    I like your tutorials and your site information. I would like to know if you know how to uninstall `Aptana Studio3`. Can I just grab the folder from (“opt/Aptana”) and trash it like on a Mac? I’m new to the linux OS (“Ubuntu 13.4″). I have tried apt-get `removed aptana` and that didn’t work.

    Thank you for your help!
    Sean

  • Ray Silva

    By the way, I have tried that and a lot of other suggested commands for doing this and I have one comment – NONE OF THEM DO IT.

    Even after you run that “complete removal” in synaptics, that doe not happen. You can confirm this by simply doing a search. I have done it repeatedly with many previously installed programs of which I wanted to remove all traces. You WILL find directoried and files that synaptic does not remove.

    I have as of yet found absolutely NO way of clearing garbage from previous installations in Linux. If somebody really knows of one, I’d love to try it; but this one does NOT work.

  • Choperro

    This is explained 10000000 times on the Intenret.
    What about explaining how to uninstall in other, more complica5ed cases, or explain a different thing, or do it in a better way?

  • Choperro

    For newcomers, not to get them confused:
    1. What is the difference between “complete removal” and purge??????

    2. What is the difference between:
    apt-get remove –purge
    and
    apt-get purge
    and
    apt-get remove
    and
    apt-get compete remove

    What makes Linux labyrinthic?