Some time ago I installed Brave but I didn't like it, so I removed it with sudo apt-get remove --purge brave-browser. After some time I had to reinstall it because I needed a Chromium-based browser. As soon as I opened it it asked be to redeem my old BATs, so I deduce that apt-get left something in my system.

Now I don't need Brave anymore and I'm wondering how to remove it completely. I would use sudo apt-get remove --purge brave-browser once more but it looks like it doesn't really remove everything - what command should I use instead?


TIP: Don't forget to export your bookmarks, just in case you want to import those in some other browser you want to use.

I had to do this all:

sudo apt remove brave-browser
sudo apt purge brave-browser
rm -rf ~/.config/BraveSoftware
rm -rf ~/.cache/BraveSoftware



for me Brave was taking up too much space. One liner non-interactive answer. Inspired by manoj L

sudo apt -y remove brave-browser && sudo apt -y purge brave-browser && rm -rf ~/.config/BraveSoftware && rm -rf ~/.cache/BraveSoftware


A package stores personal and user specific configuration data in folder ~/.config

It is possible that sudo apt-get remove --purge brave-browser left those configuration files


cd ~/.config
ls -l | grep brave

If found:

rm -r ~/.config/FOLDER_NAME_HERE
  • It worked - the folder was ~/.config/BraveSoftware -, but (from apt-get manual) purge is identical to remove except that packages are removed and purged (any configuration files are deleted too), so shouldn't it remove automatically ~/.config/any-folder-related-to-the-removed-package? – Ntakwetet Mar 14 '20 at 11:31
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    It deponds, not compulsory. – Aravind Mar 15 '20 at 6:02
  • After all the above I also had to do this: sudo apt remove brave-keyring – jo_ Nov 8 '20 at 19:07
  • and to remove from ppa search rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list – jo_ Nov 8 '20 at 19:18

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