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how can I remove Evolution and all related packages? I feel like I don't need them.

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from a terminal window give the following command to remove evolution completely

sudo apt-get purge evolution

After this re-validate using dpkg -l|grep -i evolution and remove any other evolution related packages using same command as above.

  • Just don't remove evolution-data-server and friends... – Alistair Buxton Mar 27 '11 at 15:18
  • @ali1234 What happens when you remove evolution-data-server and friends..? – jrg Mar 31 '11 at 13:10
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    It's a dependency of gnome-panel, which in turn is a dependency of quite a lot of gnome stuff. Removing it will remove half your desktop along with it. – Alistair Buxton Apr 4 '11 at 0:04
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    @ali1234 I hate evolution. It is like microsoft outlook. Overloaded and only needed in business desktop my opinion – vrcmr Apr 28 '11 at 14:09
  • Do you discard evolution dependencies? – PersianGulf Feb 17 '17 at 9:59

Open System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager

Search For Evolution and mark them for complete removal

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Now Apply the changes .

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Now a new window will open and click apply again .

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Evolution will be removed.

  • Thanks. Easy solution but not very clean. Some libraries not removed from my computer. – vrcmr Mar 27 '11 at 13:43

Following up on Jamess's answer: For my Ubuntu 13.04, purging the following packages removes evolution and all of its dependencies:

apt-get purge evolution-common libevolution

As noted before, don't remove evolution-data-server and friends.


I tried twice to remove Evolution following the advise above. The result was that the panels disappeared. The system was Ubuntu 11.04.

The only way I have found so far is to run sudo apt-get install unity-2d. This returns the panels and the functionality of Ubuntu. And yes, Evolution has disappeared. Unity-2d returns the icons, I have just managed to get rid of the indicator. It seems that the panels are connected to Evolution somehow.


I'm running gnome-classic on 12.10. When I uninstalled evolution it also uninstalled evolution-common and gnome - this last made me nervous but in fact things work fine after - and after login the desktop is ready in a fraction of the time it used to be. (oh and I suggest removing zeitgeist also if you don't use the desktop search features - this also slows things down at login).

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