How to Uninstall Software in Linux Mint

By Kristen Waters

Like most Linux distributions, there's more than one way to uninstall software on Linux Mint. You can uninstall software by using the graphical Synaptic Package Manager, or by using the "apt" utility at a command prompt. When removing the software, you have the option of removing the software by retaining the configuration and data files or removing both the software and the configuration and data files.

Uninstall Using Synaptic Package Manager

Step 1

Click on the "Synaptic Package Manager" option under the "Administration" sub-menu of the "System" menu.

Step 2

Type in your password when prompted.

Step 3

Type the name of the application in the "Quick Search" text box.

Step 4

Click on the name of the application in the "Package" window.

Step 5

Click either the "Mark for Removal" or "Mark for Complete Removal" option from the menu that appears. Choosing the "Mark for Removal" option will leave the configuration and data files on the computer. "Mark for Complete Removal" will delete this from the computer.

Step 6

Click the "Apply" button at the top of the screen.

Step 7

Click the "Apply" button a second time in the confirmation window to remove the software.

Uninstall Using the Command Line

Step 1

Click on the "Terminal" option under the "Accessories" sub-menu of the "Applications" menu.

Step 2

Type the command "sudo apt-get remove <package-name>" (without quotes) to remove the program but leave the configuration and data files on the computer. Replace "<package-name>" with the exact name of the software.

Step 3

Type the command "sudo apt-get --purge remove <package-name>" (without quotes) to remove the program as well as the configuration and data files.

Step 4

Type your password when prompted and press the "Enter" key.

Tips & Warnings

  • Other package managers for Mint include Apt-Get and Aptitude.