I am using Ubuntu Mate.

I installed youtube-dl-gui from


Downloaded youtube-dlg_0.4-1~webupd8~zesty4_all.deb

Then double clicked the file and thus install it.

When I needed to remove it, I opened synaptic and remove the youtube-dlg package.

Still some of the element is remaining and it is conflicting with my youtube-dl program which I installed using apt-get install youtube-dl.

What can I do?

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    Please add output of apt-cache policy youtube-dl youtube-dlg and which youtube-dlg to the question.
    – N0rbert
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 22:05
  • apt-cache policy youtube-dlg returns N: Unable to locate package youtube-dlg. youtube-dlg is not in the repository. I downloaded and double clicked to install it. I already removed youtube-dlg using synaptic. So, which youtube-dlg also return nothing. Commented May 24, 2018 at 2:26

1 Answer 1


Run these commands:

$ sudo apt purge youtube-dl
$ sudo apt purge youtube-dlg
$ sudo apt autoremove
$ sudo apt install youtube-dl

The first two commands will purge the two packages as well as the interlinking dependencies. The third command will remove the residue that is no longer being used since both packages are purged. The last command will perform a clean install of the youtube-dl from the repository.

  • The only issue with this answer is sudo apt install youtube-dl install a old version. The method workes for me is sudo wget https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl & then sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl as mentioned in rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/download.html Commented May 24, 2018 at 2:15
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    I notice your question changed. I was addressing the method of retrieving it from the repository (the one you originally referred from Synaptic). The main concern was to clean out the residue that was causing the conflict and to help you to have a starting clean point. It's common for users to get the latest versions of their favorite apps from the developers or other more recent distributions other than the default repository, which is usually at least one version earlier. Thanks for the acknowledgment of merit in the answer. Welcome to Askubunt! Commented May 24, 2018 at 2:23
  • I got confused when I installed a package using double click and even after removing it from synaptic it was giving trouble. Commented May 24, 2018 at 2:35

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