I want to integrate OpenCV with qt creator and for that OpenCV 3.0 is required.

I have OpenCV 2.4.9 already installed and want to uninstall it completely as it is causing problems in some functions. I would also like to know whether OpenCV 3.0 can be installed in 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04?

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    How did you install it? presumably not from the standard repository since 14.04 uses OpenCV-2.4.8 – steeldriver Dec 22 '14 at 13:50
  • I downloaded it from opencv.org and it was installed perfectly after installing all the dependencies and it is working perfectly fine.But now I require OpenCV 3.0 and for that I need to uninstall this older version. – Naman Sogani Dec 22 '14 at 17:09

I had a similar issue, but with version 2.4.8, I found this solution:

"So, to find all OpenCV libraries 1

$> sudo find / -name "*opencv*" -exec rm -i {} \;

The above command will find any file containing opencv in the name, and will prompt you to remove it. As always, be careful when deleting things manually! That will take a hell of long time. Next I figure out that since I installed from compiling opencv from the source and used

make install

to create the install manifest, and then I pretty simple to use

make uninstall

Yes indeed it for sure clean up itself. Now I have a clean system to install the lates opencv release."

Works for me.

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  • I am facing a similar situation. I ran that command and I deleted 10 or so libraries. The process ended in less that half a minute. Furthermore do all the libraries contain "opencv" in their title? – Adam May 6 '15 at 17:59
  • If I know well, yes all library files have "opencv" in their name. You can double check by listing them: pkg-config --libs opencv. – Elod Dec 2 '15 at 10:30

This may be an easier way to go:

sudo apt-get autoremove opencv-doc opencv-data libopencv-dev libopencv2.4-java libopencv2.4-jni python-opencv libopencv-core2.4 libopencv-gpu2.4 libopencv-ts2.4 libopencv-photo2.4 libopencv-contrib2.4 libopencv-imgproc2.4 libopencv-superres2.4 libopencv-stitching2.4 libopencv-ocl2.4 libopencv-legacy2.4 libopencv-ml2.4 libopencv-video2.4 libopencv-videostab2.4 libopencv-objdetect2.4 libopencv-calib3d2.4 
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    Seems this command more simple sudo apt-get autoremove opencv-data I tried it with opencv 2.4.9 and ubuntu 14.04 , seems it delete everything I checked it with dpkg --get-selections | grep -v deinstall | grep opencv. – mrgloom Apr 11 '16 at 12:31

Use the synaptic package manager to remove all opencv libraries from your machine.


This worked for me:

sudo apt remove libopencv*

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