In this article, we will discuss how to uninstall programs installed with Wine on Ubuntu. Wine is a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, and BSD. But what if you want to uninstall a program you have previously installed using Wine? Here’s how you can do it.
To uninstall programs installed with Wine on Ubuntu, you can use the Wine uninstaller by opening a terminal and typing "wine uninstaller". Alternatively, you can remove the Wine bottle by deleting the ~/.wine directory. You can also access the Wine uninstaller through Ubuntu’s Dash or Gnome Fallback. After uninstalling a program, you may need to manually remove any remaining shortcuts and folders in the ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs directory.
Using the Wine Uninstaller
The easiest way to uninstall a program installed with Wine is by using the Wine uninstaller. Here’s how:
- Open a terminal by pressing
Tor by searching for ‘terminal’ in the application menu.
wine uninstallerand press
Enter. This command opens the built-in Add/Remove tool from Wine, which is similar to the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ tool in Windows.
- In the uninstaller, you will see a list of installed programs. Select the program you want to uninstall and click the “Modify/Remove” button to start the uninstallation process.
- Follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation.
It’s important to note that some programs may require you to repeat the uninstallation process multiple times.
Removing the Wine Bottle
If you want to completely remove all programs installed with Wine, you can delete the Wine bottle. Here’s how:
- Open a terminal.
rm -rf ~/.wineand press
Enter. This command deletes the
.winedirectory, which is where Wine stores all its data, including installed programs.
rm command is used to remove files and directories. The
--recursive) option is used to remove directories and their contents recursively. The
--force) option is used to ignore nonexistent files and arguments, and never prompt before removing.
Please be aware that this will delete all programs and data stored in Wine, so use this option with caution.
Using the Dash or Gnome Fallback
You can also use Ubuntu’s Dash or Gnome Fallback to access the Wine uninstaller. Here’s how:
- In Ubuntu’s Dash, search for “wine” and select “Uninstall Wine software”.
- In Gnome Fallback, go to Applications => Wine => Uninstall Wine software.
- Follow the prompts to uninstall the selected program.
After uninstalling a program, you may need to manually remove any remaining shortcuts and folders. These can be found in the
~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs directory. To remove them:
- Open a terminal.
rm -rf ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/<ProgramName>and press
<ProgramName> with the name of the program you have uninstalled.
In conclusion, uninstalling programs installed with Wine on Ubuntu can be done in several ways. Whether you choose to use the Wine uninstaller, remove the Wine bottle, or use Ubuntu’s Dash or Gnome Fallback, the process is relatively straightforward. Just remember to manually clean up any remaining shortcuts and folders to ensure a complete uninstallation.
Yes, you can use the Wine uninstaller, which has a graphical user interface similar to the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ tool in Windows. Simply open the terminal, type
wine uninstaller, and select the program you want to uninstall from the list.
Yes, deleting the Wine bottle by running
rm -rf ~/.wine in the terminal will remove all programs installed with Wine. However, please note that this action is irreversible and will delete all data and programs stored in Wine. Make sure to back up any important files before proceeding.
Yes, you can access the Wine uninstaller through Ubuntu’s Dash or Gnome Fallback. In the Dash, search for "wine" and select "Uninstall Wine software." In Gnome Fallback, go to Applications => Wine => Uninstall Wine software.
If a program requires you to repeat the uninstallation process multiple times, follow the prompts and repeat the steps until the program is completely uninstalled. Some programs may have multiple components or dependencies that need to be removed individually.
To manually clean up any remaining shortcuts and folders after uninstalling a program with Wine, open the terminal and type
rm -rf ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/<ProgramName>, replacing
<ProgramName> with the name of the program you have uninstalled. This will remove any leftover shortcuts and folders associated with that program.