I'm on Ubuntu 16.04 and I downloaded and installed Etcher for Linux x64 (64-bit) (AppImage), a standalone application to make bootable USB drives.

Supposedly, to uninstall the application I simply have to remove it. However, on first use a message popped up asking:

Should a desktop file for /home/myhome/Downloads/etcher-electron-1.4.4-x86_64.AppImage be installed?

I selected Yes, and now I can't get the message to come back. I deleted the AppImage file and extracted a new one from the downloaded zip file, but the message will no longer pop up. This seems to indicate that the application has not completely removed. How do I completely remove it?

For those claiming this is a duplicate, the answer to the provided "duplicate" does not apply here because this is a standalone application. Please read more carefully next time.


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If you click "yes" to that message, a file called appimagekit-Etcher.desktop (or similar) is created in the following location:


To completely remove Etcher you have to remove the etcher .AppImage file as you described, and you should also remove this .desktop file. To do this, run the command:

rm /home/<username>/.local/share/applications/appimagekit-Etcher.desktop  

replacing with the actual name of your home directory. Optionally, you can remove only this file if you just want to see the message again.

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    Appimage apps also create /home/[username]/.config/[appname] directory. You might want to delete it if you don't aim to reinstall the app or want it completely removed. So combining all three answers: sudo rm /path/to/app.appimage then sudo rm /home/<username>/.local/share/applications/<app.appimage> then if you want to remove config files: sudo rm -r /home/<username>/.config/<appimage> Jan 25, 2019 at 16:08

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