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Ways to Remove PPAs Package Added in Ubuntu Linux

Ways to Remove PPAs Package Added in Ubuntu Linux


Here in the article, we’ll walk you through the steps for removing a package on Ubuntu using both the GUI and command line in the following Ubuntu removing package guide. We’ll also demonstrate how to remove a package. Choose the ways that are most convenient for you from the options below. If you want to remove packages from your Ubuntu Linux system, you can do it in a few different ways.

In this article, we will be learning the different ways to remove packages in the Ubuntu Linux with both GUI and the command line. Firstly, the GUI ways are shown with the example and secondly, the command line methods are shown with examples and commands.

Using GUI

One of the ways to remove the packages in Ubuntu Linux is using the software and updates app available in the GUI of the Linux. Launch the app from the application lists or by searching it in the search bar. Now, after the app is opened click on the Other software button which is located in the top side. Here, all the available packages are listed. Select the desired packages to remove and click the remove button.

The system will ask for the user to authenticate before removing the packages. You must enter the password of the system and click the Authenticate button as shown below. After the process is done you will remove the package.

Via Command line

There are different ways to remove packages using commands in the command line via terminal. Few of them are mentioned below with examples and commands.

1. Using add-apt-repository

Add or remove packages repositories from the /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory with the add-apt-repository command. Simply use the add-apt-repository command in the following syntax to delete a packages repository from your system. The below command will remove the packages using the apt command.


[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-repository -r package_name

Here, using the apt command the packaged erlang solution is being removed.

[email protected]:~$ sudo add-apt-repository -r erlang-solution

2. Using the path of lists

The /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory contains all the lists of the available repositories in the Linux system. Path to the directory using the cd command and type ls command to list the repository.

To path to the directory cd command is used as shown below:

[email protected]:~$ cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d

Now, to list all the repositories available in the system type ls command as shown below:

[email protected]:~$ ls

Finally, to remove the desired repository use the rm command as shown below:


[email protected]:~$ sudo rm packages_name

Here, the package erlang solution is removed using the rm command.

[email protected]:~$ sudo rm erlang-solutions.list

Using purge

The default removal command simply removes software files from the system, but it keeps all configuration files for safety. The configuration and data files are safe if they are accidentally deleted.Use the –purge argument with the below command to entirely erase all data, application, and configuration files. like:


[email protected]:~$ sudo apt remove - -purge [package-name]

Here, the package is removed using the purge command with apt.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt remove - -purge erlang-solutions


The above article is about the ways to remove packages in Ubuntu Linux. Thank you for checking it out!

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