How can I remove the wine folder and all the applications in that folder?

I've tried via synaptic but it keeps showing up in the application menu.

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In my case Wine did not get effectively uninstalled using the command:

sudo apt-get --purge remove wine

So I did the following (make sure to copy the exact commands):

cd $HOME
rm -r .wine
rm .config/menus/applications-merged/wine*
rm -r .local/share/applications/wine
rm .local/share/desktop-directories/wine*
rm .local/share/icons/????_*.xpm

These commands delete files stored in hard disk that may lock uninstallation of wine. Quite possibly you will get some warnings about rm: remove write-protected regular file here. These can be enforced collectively by using the f option, i.e. rm -f and rm -rf instead of the above... but be the heck careful that you've actually typed the right paths!

After deleting the files run command:

sudo apt-get remove --purge wine

Do the following to correct any installation error.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove
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    NOTE: there are no spaces in the rm -rf lines. Accidentally adding one could nuke your home folder without prompt. – user1717828 Jun 23 '16 at 13:15
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    This is terribly dangerous and mostly unnecessary., – Braiam Jun 23 '16 at 15:53
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    @user1717828 Adding cd $HOME and running all the commands with relative paths may avoid another accident. – Ismael Miguel Jun 24 '16 at 13:10
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    pagal pila, the suggestion of @IsmaelMiguel is sound: please consider cd $HOME; and then the rms with relative paths. – Rmano Jun 28 '16 at 19:22
  • $ apt list --installed | sed -E 's|(.*)/.*|\1|' | grep -i wine get the list of packages and remove them one by one using sudo apt remove <PACKAGE-NAME> and you are done. – Jay Aug 8 '19 at 19:29

Run these to get rid of menu entries instead of (or in addition to) using "Edit Menus".

rm $HOME/.config/menus/applications-merged/wine*
rm -r $HOME/.local/share/applications/wine
rm $HOME/.local/share/desktop-directories/wine*
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First answer is the easy form to get this, but it's incomplete, the complete code is:

If you've installed wine from the official Ubuntu repositories:

sudo apt-get remove wine --purge

If you've installed wine from their official PPA:

sudo apt-get remove wine-1.3 --purge

Next, clean the context menu, menu entries, etc:

rm -rf $HOME/.wine
rm -f $HOME/.config/menus/applications-merged/*wine*
rm -rf $HOME/.local/share/applications/wine
rm -f $HOME/.local/share/desktop-directories/*wine*
rm -f $HOME/.local/share/icons/*wine*

It needs to reboot the system:

sudo reboot
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  • The command rm -f $HOME/.local/share/icons/????_*.xpm is a bad idea, it removes ALL icons which do not have to be wine ones. – Lekensteyn Dec 15 '11 at 18:26
  • Thanks for the correction Lekensteyn, is needed to delete manualy the icons ins this format "????_" to match with "wine". Sorry for my bad english, i learning it. – edgerch Dec 15 '11 at 18:49
  • ? matches a single character. If you want to match wine, just use rm -f $HOME/.local/share/icons/wine_*.xpm. But the latter command already matches any filename with "wine" in it, so it's obsolete. – Lekensteyn Dec 15 '11 at 19:00
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    You don't need to reboot the system silly, you can simply do sudo apt-get update. – TheCodingKlam Aug 18 '16 at 3:05

In 11.04 and below (GNOME Classic)

When you install wine, it creates a "wine" menu in your applications menu, and this menu is partly user specific. To remove the menu entries, right click on your menu and click edit menus.

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Now open the menu editor and disable or remove the wine related entries. You can also remove the /home/username/.wine folder be either enabling hidden files in nautilus, or by opening a terminal and typing rm -rf ~/.wine.

11.04 and up (Unity Desktop).

You need to open the menu editor from the Dash by press alt+f2 and type alacarte. Click on the icon, and the menu editor will come up.

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  • I don't think it's wise to include the -f (force) option in the rm command. rm -r ~/.wine is much safer than an answer of "yes" on all warnings, because you can't be sure that "yes" will always be the best thing to do. – Firefeather Nov 30 '10 at 16:33
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    in this case it would be safe, he's just removing his wine folder. – RolandiXor Nov 30 '10 at 16:50
  • Before proceeding with this sort of command, make sure everything is alright. For any mistake, you can delete all fo your data – user Apr 17 '11 at 2:32
  • @cruciiedsoul: thanks for the unnecessary warnings on every answer of mine that you can fin. it's rather useless, but thanks anyway. – RolandiXor Apr 17 '11 at 12:50
  • @Firefeather: The answer below points to wiki.winehq.org/FAQ#uninstall_app which also does rm -rf. Personally I do that everywhere where I know I can safely delete an entire directory and subdirectories. But that is deviating from this question, I guess :-) – mydoghasworms Dec 15 '11 at 5:46

I tried more ways from here and others but didn't work so i did the following and it worked if you installed it from Winehq site you just need to do 1- alt+Ctrl to open the terminal 2- Type in it sudo apt-get remove winehq-devel Note: if it said that not found try other winehq type to remove what you have install as sudo apt-get remove winehq-stable Or sudo apt-get remove winehq-staging 3- Type y mean yes to remove it, in the removing in will download some files and a new windows will appear just click tab from your keyboard to click on ok and then yes 4- when it finish do sudo apt-get update then sudo apt-get upgrade 5- it will ask you to do sudo apt autoremove you are done now You can reinstall it or do what you want to do now If you installed it by Ubuntu software you can remove it by using it too

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  • Also if you have play on linux or wine tricks you must remove it first – Bassem Jan 16 '19 at 18:25
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    Only thing that actually works. – NelsonGon Sep 23 '19 at 5:06

Using some menu editors can cause trouble, as it hides rather than deletes the menu items - and they stay hidden if you reinstall the apps!

See http://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ#uninstall_app for tips on how to uninstall wine and/or all wine apps.

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If apt-get --purge autoremove wine does not do it, maybe your package goes otherwise, like wine1.6-dev. Try that that one.

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Go to software manager. You will still find wine related packages installed. Remove them. This really works to remove wine from the menu.

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I tried the sudo apt-get remove --purge wine . After this I had to give sudo apt-get autoremove In my case it solved the problem. Also have a look at this to remove all the ms core fonts.

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Single command :

sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove winehq-stable 

just change "winehq-stable" according to your condition ( either winehq-devel or winehq-staging) if above doesn't work.

note: this is for them who used winehq

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I've had a similar problem but after doing

apt-get autoremove wine 

it worked

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