On one of my machines I have a process running called "whoopsie". I'm running 12.04 server and never specifically installed anything with this name.

Google seems to imply that it has something to with error logs but I'm not finding too much information. The fact that I didn't manually install it and the 3 other servers I checked did in fact have no such running process OR executable made me a bit confused.

Does anyone know what the "whoopsie" process is?

Does anyone know what packages might have installed it? The server is quite plain, it has a LAMP stack, Samba and print servers and the Nagios NRPE plugin, nothing more installed, just standing there being a nice backup-server.

Some more info:

$ whoopsie -h
  whoopsie [OPTION...]

Help Options:
  -h, --help           Show help options

Application Options:
  -f, --foreground     Run in the foreground


whoopsie   913  0.0  0.4  24448  2092 ?        Ssl  May07   0:00 whoopsie


$ sudo cat /etc/passwd | grep whoop

7 Answers 7


What's whoopsie ?

  • It's the "Ubuntu Error Reporting" daemon, and is installed by default in both desktop/server installations.
  • When something crashes, whoopsie does two things:
    1. Collects the crash report generated by Apport and
    2. Can send them to Ubuntu/Canonical (specifically to https://daisy.ubuntu.com in BSON)

Whoopsie won't send your crash reports without your permission!

  • As Evan explains in his answer below, the actual transmission of crash data occurs only if you permit it via the graphical dialog (see below), or for a CLI server, explicitly run apport-cli.


How do I disable it on my desktop?

GNOME Shell (Ubuntu 17.10+)


Unity (Ubuntu before 17.04)

  • Go to Settings...Privacy...


  • And in the Diagnostics Tab, uncheck the Send Error Reports to Canonical option:


How do I disable it on a server or via the command-line?

  • Just change the report_crashes parameter to false in the /etc/default/whoopsie file.
  • Then bid farewell to whoopsie with sudo service whoopsie stop.
  • Do you have any clue what packages install it?
    – Nanne
    Commented May 11, 2012 at 15:40
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    No, just apt-get rid of it.
    – ish
    Commented May 11, 2012 at 15:56
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    I just did a clean install of 12.04 Server and it was installed automatically.
    – user12973
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 4:30
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    I just got a root server with a pretty-much vanilla server install, probably not expert mode but without any stuff installed (not even ntp), and got whoopsie. Did in fact get apt-get rid of it, thanks for the wonderful term :) Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 20:08
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    There is no /etc/default/whoopsie in ubuntu Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 0:49

Whoopsie is part of the Ubuntu error tracker. It takes the crash reports that apport creates and presents whenever an application fails and sends them to a Canonical server for further processing. The data collected from these reports help us prioritize and track the most pressing issues:


The small (in disk space, not necessarily CPU/RAM usage) whoopsie daemon process is run by default on both Ubuntu desktop and server installations. It will only send reports out if you explicitly approve this in the dialog that appears on desktop installs, or in the case of the server, manually run apport-cli.

You can disable it by going into System Settings -> Privacy -> Diagnostics and unchecking the box labelled "Send error reports to Canonical."

To disable it on Ubuntu Server, edit the /etc/default/whoopsie file and change report_crashes= to false, then run sudo stop whoopsie.

Note that if you do this, we will not be made aware of the problems affecting your computer and may be unable to fix them. I talk about how we use your data to make Ubuntu better in this video:

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    I find it strange that it is default part of ubuntu-server? If anything, my headless server doesn't have a "system settings->privacy" . THe frivolous name made me wonder what it was, as I didn't expect it in the server version, but it seems to come default, so I'll live with having to stop it :)
    – Nanne
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 13:09
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    this "small whoopsie daemon" takes up over 50% of my RAM and 90% of a single CPU core
    – bluesmoon
    Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 19:13
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    So whose insane idea was it to install a daemon with such a frivolous name (and to make it report by default! - I had reporting turned off on 13.10, and it's back with 14.04!). I know there's a long tradition of frivolous program names in Unix, but at first glance this looks like malware.
    – Auspex
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 12:18
  • /etc/default/whoopsie does not exist in 16.04. The only way to stop whoopsie is to uninstall it.
    – musbach
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 13:04
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    @Auspex Same kind of people that decided "Dr. Watson" was a great name for MS Windows' error reporting. Commented Nov 6, 2017 at 23:15
$ apt --simulate purge whoopsie

The following packages will be REMOVED


$ apt purge whoopsie

I've had no problems as I am in the process of building my own Ubuntu Desktop but so far that thing keeps crashing my system, but now I have got rid of it :)

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    It being a crash reporting tool, I suspect it simply shows up after other things crash, it's unlikely that such a simple tool could be the actual cause of the crash.
    – Kzqai
    Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 4:29
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    It's like saying "Mozilla Crash Reporter crashed firefox". Whoopsie is a crash reporting tool, so probably when some other thing crashed, whoopsie offered to send a report. Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 9:03
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    apt-get -s runs a simulation. When you are ready to actually remove a package, replace apt-get -s with sudo apt-get. If you just run apt-get -s, no actual uninstallation will occur. Commented Aug 17, 2013 at 0:47
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    Whoopsie makes bad situations worse by running at 100% cpu for minutes after I intentionally blowup process with dummy data to see it's limits.
    – Ray Foss
    Commented May 27, 2021 at 21:15
  • Still good on Ubuntu 20+ (and still necessary)
    – Kingsley
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 2:08

It's Canonical's error reporting daemon.

The off-putting thing about is that you are not even asked if you want it installed, which isn't so nice if your on a budget server hardware wise

@Glynn BLower

apt-get -s purge

doesn't seem to actually deinstall the daemon, just shows you that it is there if you want to purge it

apt-get purge

did the trick on my 13.04 server install

  • how nice, a down vote without an explanation. Would you mind to elaborate as to why you down voted? Was it because I don't like a process running on my servers that automatically sends data about the system without my approval? Was it because I criticised Canonical for that? Was it because apt-get purge DOES deinstall it and the package and I made an error here? If you know more about the matter please share your insights! Especially as the post I was referring to was changed to reflect my own findings. Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 10:07
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    I can only guess, but I think your answer was voted down because it was not a complete answer (your commands are incomplete, at least). Another reason could be that you were commenting on another answer as an answer, rather than writing a comment on the answer as would have been appropriate. Commented Nov 1, 2014 at 13:36
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    Further to @ThorbjørnLindeijer comment, apt-get -s is intentionally meant to do "nothing" - -s stands for --simulate, and is written in full in the referenced answer, which just simulates what the command does. Again, in the reference answer, the next command is without the flag and performs the intended operation
    – Nick Bull
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 13:15

It is the "Ubuntu crash database submission daemon": http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/whoopsie


Whoopsie has a list of dependencies, and they are redundant without Whoopsie Synaptic Package Manager does the trick

Search > Whoopsie

Mark for Complete Removal all the lib_* whoopsie related packages.


If you went the sudo apt-get -s purge whoopsie route, don't forget to sudo apt autoremove after that to get all the packages flushed.

Suggest a sudo apt-get update after everything and then service --status-all to verify that 'whoopsie' isn't on your system.


Today I saw the process "whoopsie" in the connections running (lsof -i -n). I couldn't stop the process, I tried "kill PID", negative. Then I logged out of the "root account" and logged in again. The process continued with the same PID, which means that the process was not ended. Then I restarted the computer and the computer could not shut down because "whoopsie" was still running and could not be ended. So I had to press and hold the power button until the computer went out. The worst thing is that "whoopsie" uploaded a large amount of data to the internet at the time and I have no idea what. After that I deleted "whoopsie" from my PC with:

apt remove --purge whoopsie && apt autoremove && apt autoclean && restart

whoopsie screenshot


I forgot to say, whoopsie connected through the closed firewall. That is actually not possible.

All ports are closed, except ports 443 and 9001 are open.

Firewall screenshot

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