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.


11 Answers 11


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

sudo apt-get --purge remove wine wine64 libwine fonts-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. Jun 23, 2016 at 13:15
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    This is terribly dangerous and mostly unnecessary.,
    – Braiam
    Jun 23, 2016 at 15:53
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    @user1717828 Adding cd $HOME and running all the commands with relative paths may avoid another accident. Jun 24, 2016 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, 2016 at 19:22
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    $ 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, 2019 at 19:29

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
  • 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, 2011 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 19:00
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    You don't need to reboot the system silly, you can simply do sudo apt-get update. Aug 18, 2016 at 3:05

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*

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- Press alt+Ctrl+t 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

  • Also if you have play on linux or wine tricks you must remove it first
    – Bassem
    Jan 16, 2019 at 18:25
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    Only thing that actually works.
    – NelsonGon
    Sep 23, 2019 at 5:06
  • This was the only one that worked for me. Most answers assume instaling wine through a package manager. For those that installed it follwing the instructions on the winehq site , we forgot about it and its easy to assume that we did it through the package manager because that's the usual route for most users (me included) . Thank you man, this has always been bugging me. Finally felt the satisfaction of releasing that unused memory. Jan 20, 2023 at 5:51

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

  • works on Ubuntu 22.04
    – Joaquim
    Apr 4, 2023 at 6:35

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.

  • 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. Nov 30, 2010 at 16:33
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    in this case it would be safe, he's just removing his wine folder.
    – RolandiXor
    Nov 30, 2010 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, 2011 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, 2011 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 :-) Dec 15, 2011 at 5:46

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


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.


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


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.


I've had a similar problem but after doing

apt-get autoremove wine 

it worked

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