I had installed some programms with Wine, but I removed Wine from my computer. Now when I browse all applications in the Unity menu, the symbols of the programms I installed with Wine are still there.

How can I remove them?

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It should be enough to remove the local wine folder ~/.local/share/applications/wine.

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    Careful doing this as you may have other shortcuts in this folder that you don't want to delete. Better to rm ~/.local/share/applications/wine-*. May 29, 2016 at 18:27
  • ^ has been resolved by editing the post contents Apr 11, 2019 at 10:43

Carefull - mistakes when using sudo to delete stuff can be disastrous!

rm ~/.local/share/applications/wine*.desktop
sudo rm /usr/share/applications/wine*.desktop

You might need to log out and back in to see the changes, depending on the desktop you are using (kde, gnome, ...)


You can use alacarte in order to enable/disable applications using GUI.

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Also you can directly remove the wine .desktop files on /home/user/.local/share/applications.

  • This is a cleaner solution and while i did clear out the wine related files (hidden files shown), this actually did it correctly.
    – Angry 84
    Mar 26, 2022 at 16:33

To remove these leftover menu entries, carefully paste the following commands into a terminal:

rm -f ~/.config/menus/applications-merged/wine*
rm -rf ~/.local/share/applications/wine
rm -f ~/.local/share/desktop-directories/wine*
rm -f ~/.local/share/icons/????_*.{xpm,png}
rm -f ~/.local/share/icons/*-x-wine-*.{xpm,png} }}}

Source: https://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ#Uninstalling

I posted it here as other answers weren't enough for me. Also I didn't use the last two commands as I didn't find such icon names manually.


Go to the Main Menu, scroll to where the left over entries for Wine programs are, now de-select them and then for each one click delete.


You can navigate to the Wine programs directory and delete files, then use Bleachbit (a CCleaner-like application) to clean broken links an so on.

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