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How to Uninstall Apps(Packages) on Raspberry Pi

The tutorial is a step by step guide for uninstalling unused or unwanted apps on your Raspberry Pi.

As you’re here, you likely have a Raspberry Pi. There are situations when we want to uninstall programs or packages that we have installed but are no longer using. In this guide, I’ll show you how to uninstall packages and apps from your Raspberry Pi.

Many interested people/geeks try to install packages and then uninstall them after a while. I’m the same way all of the time. I enjoy testing a variety of apps and packages that may be useful in my day-to-day work.There are several techniques for removing packages, but I’ll show you the most straightforward ones.

The methods are :

  1. you can install synaptic package manager (easiest)
  2. using terminal (moderate)

Method 1: Using Synaptic Package Manager (Easy way)

The synaptic package manager works similarly to the Windows Control Panel’s Programs and Features menu. It displays installed programmes in a similar manner. Multiple apps can be uninstalled at once, which is not possible with Windows programmes or features.

The software has a lot of extra features, such as sorting filters, categories, and more. For your Raspberry Pi, I believe it is a must-have package/app. If you’ve downloaded Raspbian Buster or another version with recommended software, you can uninstall whatever you don’t want. I uninstalled the JAVA IDE because I don’t code in Java.

If you prefer a browser other than chrome, such as Firefox, as I do, Chromium is quite easy to remove. I would recommend giving the app a shot.

How to install it:

To install it, type the following code into the terminal of your Raspberry Pi, and it will begin to install shortly after. It will ask you for confirmation, Y/N. It will be installed if you press Y.

sudo apt-get install synaptic


  • After the installation is complete, open the app and select the apps you want to remove.
  • Just make sure you don’t get rid of any system packages in the process.
  • So that was the first and most straightforward technique of removing packages/apps.
  • Now I will tell you guys how you can remove packages directly without any apps

Using Terminal

We’ll use a command to uninstall an app/package from the terminal without  utilizing a GUI package/app.

This method is also easy but if you write the name of the package wrong, it doesn’t work, so it’s a bit sensitive.The command to uninstall the software is listed below.

sudo apt-get –purge remove <package>  

above <package> is the name of the package you want to uninstall. If you wish to remove the first synaptic package you installed and manually uninstall packages one by one using this method, use the following command.

sudo apt-get –purge remove synaptic


Conclusion:So those were the two approaches for deleting packages..Hope you all find this article useful. For more informative blogs follow us on www.mathaelectronics.com

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