The answers to related questions forget to:

  • remove the MySQL databases
  • remove the mysql user
  • remove the logs in /var/log

How do I uninstall MySQL completely?


Building off of another answer, open a terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following:

sudo -i
service mysql stop
killall -KILL mysql mysqld_safe mysqld
apt-get --yes purge mysql-server mysql-client
apt-get --yes autoremove --purge
apt-get autoclean
deluser --remove-home mysql
delgroup mysql
rm -rf /etc/apparmor.d/abstractions/mysql /etc/apparmor.d/cache/usr.sbin.mysqld /etc/mysql /var/lib/mysql /var/log/mysql* /var/log/upstart/mysql.log* /var/run/mysqld

If you want to delete the log of what you did while using the mysql client:

rm ~/.mysql_history

If you want to delete the logs of what all users on the system did while using the mysql client (the other users might be unhappy with this):

awk -F : '{ print($6 "/.mysql_history"); }' /etc/passwd | xargs -r -d '\n' -- sudo rm -f --

or for all logs including those outside of existing user home directories:

sudo find / -name .mysql_history -delete
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    You may also need dpkg -l | grep mysql to list any installed mysql packages, then e.g. sudo apt-get purge mysql-common for each entry
    – xxjjnn
    Jul 13 '16 at 8:33
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    If you re-install mysql afterwards, you may have to run mkdir /etc/apparmor.d/abstractions/mysql and mkdir /etc/mysql/conf.d/ again.
    – kiltek
    Mar 6 '17 at 14:17
  • What about /var/lib/mysql/mysql-files and /var/lib/mysql-keyring ?
    – Dom
    Jul 15 '20 at 12:36
  • This is very, very risky stuff! Please do only if you're absolutely certain, that you don't need any data from the your mysql anymore. (check additionally ls -la /var/lib/mysql)
    – telenaut
    Oct 1 at 21:07
  • This completely botched my system...
    – Hakaishin
    2 days ago

I found some help, but it did not remove everything. I added an asterisk before and after mysql like this:

sudo apt-get remove --purge *mysql\*
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean
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    Are you trying to answer the question ? Dec 31 '16 at 8:00
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    I would also sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql If I didn't do that, I ran into trouble when re-provisioning the server (using geerlingguy's ansible-role-mysql).
    – TryHarder
    Oct 20 '17 at 6:19
  • It also removes php mysqli extension Mar 29 '19 at 7:40
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    CAUTION: this may remove a bunch of other packages that any link to MySQL, read carefully what will be removed. Apr 5 '19 at 15:05

Another way, that worked for me, was to use Synamptic Package Manager. On the left hand pane,where it says: All, Installed, etc. there is an entry for Not Installed (residual config.) (or similar wording). Under there I found options to clear all MySQL install files. This worked for MySQL 5.7.

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