How do I remove Mono from my Ubuntu installation?

Which applications depend on Mono? Could you suggest me some alternatives?

  • 4
    why do you want to remove Mono? Nov 12, 2010 at 18:24
  • 11
    Just a personal preference.
    – sudobash
    Nov 12, 2010 at 18:26

2 Answers 2



First Things First: The list of applications that will be removed if you remove Mono:

  • Tomboy
  • gBrainy (I'm not sure if an alternative exists)
  • Docky
  • Gnome Do
  • Banshee
  • F-Spot

Alternative Applications:

  • Tomboy alternative:

    GNote Install gnote: sudo apt-get install gnote

  • Docky alternatives:

    Avant Window Navigator Install avant-window-navigator: sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator

    Cairo Dock Install cairo-dock: sudo apt-get install cairo-dock

  • Gnome Do alternative:

    Kupfer Install kupfer: sudo apt-get install kupfer

  • Banshee alternatives:

    Clementine Music Player: http://www.clementine-player.org/

    Rhythmbox Install rhythmbox: sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

    Exaile Install exaile: sudo apt-get install exaile

    Amarok Install amarok(KDE application): sudo apt-get install amarok

  • F-Spot alternatives:

    Shotwell Install shotwell: sudo apt-get install shotwell

    Digikam Install digikam(KDE application): sudo apt-get install digikam

Mono Removal:

  1. Make a backup of all your data associated with Mono applications.

  2. sudo apt-get purge libmono* libgdiplus cli-common libglitz-glx1 libglitz1

  • 2
    +1. Maybe it's worth mentioning, that only Tomboy and gbrainy are installed by default (+Banshee in Ubuntu 11.04).
    – htorque
    Nov 12, 2010 at 18:29
  • Basket is a nice KDE-replacement for Tomboy
    – txwikinger
    Nov 12, 2010 at 20:21
  • 2
    mono-runtime is the base package. Uninstall it and all the dependent packages will be removed Apr 15, 2012 at 18:00
  • Ouch! Synaptic shows that Pinta requires mono.
    – user25656
    Apr 16, 2012 at 5:12
  • @fossfreedom Any suggestions about this Jan 27, 2016 at 7:53


For Ubuntu 12.04 if you want to remove the complete mono packages you need to remove mono-runtime

sudo apt-get purge mono-runtime

This is the base package and should recursively remove all packages which need it


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