If I want to uninstall the Amazon WebApp that comes by default in the newest versions of Ubuntu, it ask me to remove other software as well. As you can see in the next picture, it is forcing me to uninstall unity-webapps-livemail and unity-webapps-youtube.


Is this a bug in Ubuntu or is this intentioned? This behavior will disappear in future releases of Ubuntu?

  • I do not know if you would call it a bug or a feature. Part of why Ubuntu is considered easy is that there tend to be longer lists of dependencies compared to othe rdistros. IMO you are best off filing a bug report or feature request.
    – Panther
    Feb 27, 2013 at 21:06
  • @bodhi.zazen I'm in that dilemma. Don't know if it's a bug or a feature..
    – Lucio
    Feb 27, 2013 at 21:11
  • I suppose the Ubuntu developers would consider it a feature. I would have to examine the packaging to know why the dependencies are as they have been written.
    – Panther
    Feb 27, 2013 at 21:15
  • 2
    This is a bug.
    – fitojb
    Feb 28, 2013 at 6:32
  • @Fitoschido Or an undesirable feature. Because a bug is not intentioned, and I think that this one is. I hope that in the next release this will be modified.
    – Lucio
    Feb 28, 2013 at 17:12

2 Answers 2


The Amazon web app is part of the package unity-webapps-common which is needed by all other web apps. So this behaviour is intentioned.

But you can still disable the Amazon integration using dconf-editor or Unsettings as described in How do I remove a website from Ubuntu's web applications?

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    Now I understand. I deleted all the entries in the preauthorized-domains array with the next command (please, add it to your question) gsettings set com.canonical.unity.webapps preauthorized-domains []
    – Lucio
    Feb 27, 2013 at 22:17

The Amazon webapp is—incorrectly, IMHO—baked in unity-webapps-common, as Florian correctly says. If you want to remove it without uninstalling the package, do:

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/applications/ubuntu-amazon-default.desktop 
  • I'm agree with you. Your command has successfully removed the Amazon icon. Thanks for your support in the bug.
    – Lucio
    Feb 28, 2013 at 17:17
  • While you're at it, you may want to also do sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/ubuntu-amazon-default/
    – xd1936
    Jun 9, 2015 at 20:40

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