Ubuntu – How can PPAs be removed


I've added many PPAs using the add-apt-repository command. Is there a simple way to remove these PPAs? I've checked in /etc/apt/sources.list for the appropriate deb lines but they aren't there.

This is on a server system so a command line solution would be great!

Best Answer

  • There are a number of options:

    1. Use the --remove flag, similar to how the PPA was added:

      sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:whatever/ppa
    2. You can also remove PPAs by deleting the .list files from /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory.

    3. As a safer alternative, you can install ppa-purge:

      sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

      And then remove the PPA, downgrading gracefully packages it provided to packages provided by official repositories:

      sudo ppa-purge ppa:whatever/ppa

      Note that this will uninstall packages provided by the PPA, but not those provided by the official repositories. If you want to remove them, you should tell it to apt:

      sudo apt-get purge package_name
    4. Last but not least, you can also disable or remove PPAs from the "Software Sources" section in Ubuntu Settings with a few clicks of your mouse (no terminal needed).

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