In this article, we will guide you through the process of completely removing Evolution from your Ubuntu system. Evolution is a default email client in Ubuntu, and while it’s quite useful, some users may prefer to use a different email client, or none at all. If you’re one of those users, this guide is for you.
To completely remove Evolution in Ubuntu, you can disable Evolution services, remove Evolution packages, and delete remaining Evolution files. Restart your system for the changes to take effect.
Disabling Evolution Services
Before we start removing the Evolution packages, it’s a good idea to first disable the services related to Evolution. This can be done using the Terminal, which can be opened by pressing
Once the Terminal is open, run the following commands:
sudo chmod -x /usr/libexec/evolution-addressbook-factory
sudo chmod -x /usr/libexec/evolution-calendar-factory
sudo chmod -x /usr/libexec/evolution-data-server/evolution-alarm-notify
sudo chmod -x /usr/libexec/evolution-source-registry
chmod command changes the permissions of a file, and the
-x option removes the execute permission.
sudo is used to run the command with root privileges. By running these commands, we’re disabling the Evolution services by making them non-executable.
Removing Evolution Packages
Next, we’ll remove the Evolution packages. This can be done by running the following command in the Terminal:
sudo apt-get purge evolution evolution-exchange evolution-plugins evolution-common evolution-webcal
apt-get purge command is used to remove packages along with their configuration files. The packages that we’re removing are:
evolution: The main Evolution package.
evolution-exchange: The package for Microsoft Exchange support.
evolution-plugins: The package for various Evolution plugins.
evolution-common: The package for common files for all Evolution components.
evolution-webcal: The package for web calendar support.
Please note that removing Evolution may also remove other packages that depend on it, such as
gnome-shell. Make sure to review the packages that will be removed before proceeding.
Removing Evolution Files
Finally, we’ll remove the remaining Evolution files. This can be done by running the following command in the Terminal:
sudo rm /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications/evolution
rm command is used to remove files, and
sudo is used to run the command with root privileges. This command removes the Evolution file from the messages applications directory.
Restarting Your System
After you’ve disabled the services and removed the packages and files, you should restart your system for the changes to take effect. You can do this by clicking on the power icon in the top right corner of your screen and selecting ‘Restart’.
By following these steps, you should have successfully removed Evolution from your Ubuntu system. If you encounter any issues or errors during the removal process, don’t hesitate to seek help from the Ubuntu community or check out the Ubuntu Documentation.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to make a backup of your system before making any major changes. This way, you can easily restore your system if something goes wrong. Happy computing!
When removing Evolution, other packages that depend on it may also be removed. Make sure to review the packages that will be removed before proceeding with the removal process.
You can check the packages that will be removed by running the
sudo apt-get purge evolution command. It will display a list of packages that will be removed along with Evolution.
Yes, you can reinstall Evolution by running the command
sudo apt-get install evolution. This will install Evolution and its associated packages back onto your system.
Yes, after removing Evolution, you can install and use a different email client of your choice. Popular alternatives to Evolution include Thunderbird, Geary, and Claws Mail.
Disabling Evolution services will only affect Evolution-related functionalities. Other applications or services in Ubuntu will not be affected by disabling these services.
Yes, you can remove Evolution using the Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager. Simply search for "Evolution" in the respective application, select it, and choose the option to remove or uninstall.
To backup your system, you can use tools like Deja Dup or rsync to create a backup of your important files and configurations. It’s always recommended to have a backup before making any major changes to your system.