I want to uninstall acroread that I downloaded from adobe's website and installed. How can I do that?

  • How did you install it? What guide did you follow? – dadexix86 Mar 2 '12 at 16:56
  • @dadexix86 I installed it through the installer program from the adobe's website. – sawa Mar 2 '12 at 17:30

There is an UNINSTALL script in the same folder where you installed it.

$ locate UNINSTALL

$ cd /usr/local/Adobe/Reader9/bin
$ sudo ./UNINSTALL


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    I also had to remove an icon of Adobe Reader from the list of applications in GNOME. The icon was in ~/.local/share/applications/. It might also be in /usr/share/applications/ – Maksim Dmitriev Oct 3 '14 at 17:06
  • $ locate UNINSTALL returned nothing in my case. – Gaurav Agarwal Sep 8 '20 at 2:09

Or if that still doesn't work and returns Package acroread is not installed, so not removed you can try sudo apt-get purge adobereader-enu && sudo apt-get autoremove.

(Taken from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1453166#5)

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    My +1 for you ! :) – Pratik Dec 26 '15 at 16:38
  • This worked for me on Ubuntu 20.04 – Philippe Delteil Aug 18 '20 at 18:49

I also tried many ways to uninstall adobe reader 9 and this method worked for me

sudo apt-get purge acroread-bin
sudo apt-get autoremove
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    This seems to be the only viable solution on 14.04. – Luís de Sousa Dec 31 '15 at 15:35

If you have installed it manually, then you have can run

locate adobereader 

Then remove it from there and delete the folder.

sudo apt-get remove acroread

or if you have Synaptic installed you can use that as well.

It should also show up in Software Center if your search for it, but I'm not well-versed in Software Center.


sudo rm -Rf /opt/Adobe

Ubuntu 18.04

Try this command, it worked for me.

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