How to uninstall build-essential from Ubuntu

Uninstall build-essential

To uninstall just build-essential package itself from Ubuntu execute on terminal:

sudo apt-get remove build-essential

Uninstall build-essential and it's dependent packages

To uninstall the build-essential package and any other dependant package which are no longer needed on Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get autoremove build-essential

Purging build-essential

If you also want to delete configuration and/or data files of build-essential from Ubuntu then this will work:

sudo apt-get purge build-essential

To delete configuration and/or data files of build-essential and it's dependencies from Ubuntu then execute:

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge build-essential

build-essential package information

name build-essential
section devel

Informational list of build-essential packages


More information about apt-get remove

Advanced Package Tool, or APT, is a free software user interface that works with core libraries to handle the installation and removal of software on Debian, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. APT simplifies the process of managing software on Unix-like computer systems by automating the retrieval, configuration and installation of software packages, either from precompiled files or by compiling source code.

apt-get is the command-line tool for handling packages, and may be considered the user's "back-end" to other tools using the APT library.

apt-get remove is identical to install except that packages are removed instead of installed. Note that removing a package leaves its configuration files on the system. If a plus sign is appended to the package name (with no intervening space), the identified package will be installed instead of removed.

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How to install build-essential package on Ubuntu