3 Best Ways to Uninstall Software on Ubuntu

Uninstallation of programs can be done by graphical way using the Ubuntu Software Center, and the Synaptic Package manager. Command-line way of doing it is also possible using apt-get and aptitude commands. We shall discuss each one of them in detail.

Today, let’s discuss all the possible ways to uninstall programs on your Ubuntu system. The methods we are going to show include graphical way as well as the command-line way, and both the methods will altogether remove the applications without leaving any trace.

Let’s start with the graphical way using the Ubuntu Software Center, and the Synaptic Package manager, followed by the command-line way via Terminal.

Uninstall Applications using Ubuntu Software Center

Step 1) Launch “Ubuntu Software.”

Launch Ubuntu Software Center
Launch Ubuntu Software Center

Step 2) On the Ubuntu Software Center, click on the “Installed” tab. It is the location to find all the installed applications.

Installed Applications
Installed Applications

Step 3) Scroll through the Applications and click on the “Remove” button next to the application. In the below example, I’m uninstalling the Amazon app on Ubuntu 19.04 system.

Uninstalling Amazon App on Ubuntu 19.04
Uninstalling Amazon App on Ubuntu 19.04

Step 4) Confirm the removal of the program. You should also enter the root password when prompted.

Confirm Program Removal
Confirm Program Removal

That’s it; the software should be uninstalled from your computer.

Uninstall Programs using Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic Package Manager is an APT-based graphical package management tool. It serves as a graphical front-end to APT and is used to install, remove, and upgrade packages on the Ubuntu system. Synaptic package manager lists every program installed on your Ubuntu system. It includes libraries and system apps. It is equivalent to the command-line way, except you get an easy to use user interface.

Let’s begin with installing Synaptic Package Manager.

Step 1) Launch Terminal.

Launch Terminal
Launch Terminal

Step 2) Enter the following command and press enter.

sudo apt update

Update System
Update System

Step 3) Install synaptic.

sudo apt install synaptic

Synaptic Installation
Synaptic Installation

Step 4) Launch Synaptic Package Manager.

Launch Synaptic
Launch Synaptic

Step 5) Click on the “Search” icon on the top right corner of the Synaptic window. Look for the program that you want to uninstall and click “Search.”

Search the App
Search the App

Step 6) Right-click on the item and select “Mark for Complete Removal.”

Mark for Complete Removal
Mark for Complete Removal

Step 7) At this point, the uninstallation is not executed. It’s just added to the line. You can similarly add more apps for uninstallation. It will populate in the list. When you are done, click on “Apply.”

Apply Changes
Apply Changes

Step 8) Confirm by clicking on “Apply.”

Complete Process
Complete Process

Step 9) The program(s) should be uninstalled.

Changes Applied
Changes Applied

Uninstall Software on Ubuntu using Command-line

There are plenty of ways to remove the programs using command-line from the Terminal. I will discuss a few quite effective methods.

apt-get command:

The general syntax of using apt-get to remove the program is as follows:

sudo apt-get remove <package name> && sudo apt-get autoremove

You will have to know the package name. To determine the package name, use the dpkg command.

dpkg --list

You should see a big list of applications. For example, I want to remove VLC Media Player, which is listed as just ‘vlc.’

dpkg --list command listing all apps in Ubuntu 17.10 Terminal
dpkg –list command listing all apps

Therefore, the command I should use is as follows:

sudo apt-get remove vlc && sudo apt-get autoremove

Complete Uninstallation:

Additionally, use –purge command to completely uninstall the app if you plan not to reinstall the app.

sudo apt-get --purge remove package_name
sudo apt-get --purge remove vlc
That's it for the command-line way.

Bonus: Using aptitude command

There is yet another way to remove the program using aptitude. Aptitude command automatically removes everything and provides an interactive command line interface.

Aptitude is not installed in Ubuntu by default, so first, you need to install it.

sudo apt-get install aptitude

Then to uninstall a package using aptitude, use the following command format:

sudo aptitude remove <package>

For example, I have removed the ‘deluge’ application in Ubuntu.

Aptitude Remove Command Example
Aptitude Remove Command Example
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  1. I can launch my apps from the Icons on my desktop, my menu, I can pin them to the task bar and launch them from there, and I can launch them from the terminal if I so desire (which I don’t). I can left click the icon to launch them, or right click the icon to get a list of things to do, including launching them. So really, I can’t imagine why I would want an app to launch my apps?

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