Well the title almost says it all, I installed Real VNC.

First I downloaded the generic installer 5.2.3 64-bit from here:

Then I used

tar -xvf VNC-5.2.3-Linux-x64-ANY.tar.gz

to unpack and with

sudo ./vncinstall

I installed everything.

Now I don't need VNC anymore so I want to uninstall it but I don't know how to do this.

Does anybody know how to do it?

  • 1
    Read this to avoid the same mistake in the future... ;-)
    – Fabby
    Jul 28, 2015 at 7:54

1 Answer 1


There are two ways…

The deb way

Download the archive with deb files and extract the archive, and yes, I'm sure

tar xf VNC-5.2.3-Linux-x64-DEB.tar.gz

Install via

sudo dpkg -i VNC-Server-5.2.3-Linux-x64.deb VNC-Viewer-5.2.3-Linux-x64.deb

And remove the packages. This will also remove the files from the installation via ./vncinstall

sudo apt-get purge realvnc-vnc-server
sudo apt-get purge realvnc-vnc-viewer

The script way

There is no script to remove the installed files. But you could use this, tested on my own system:

sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vncviewer.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vncaddrbook.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vncserver-x11.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/Xvnc.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vncserver-virtual.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vncserver-virtuald.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vncserver-x11-serviced.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vncpasswd.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vnclicense.1
sudo rm /usr/share/man/man1/vncinitconfig.1
sudo rm /etc/pam.d/vncserver

sudo rm -r /root/.vnc
sudo rm -r /usr/lib/vnc
sudo rm -r /usr/share/vnc
sudo rm -r /usr/lib/cups/vnc
sudo rm -r /usr/lib/cups/backend/vnc
sudo rm -r /usr/share/vnc
sudo rm -r /etc/vnc

for f in vncviewer vncaddrbook vncserver-x11 vncserver-x11-core Xvnc Xvnc-core \
         vncserverui vncserver-virtual vncserver-virtuald \
         vncserver-x11-serviced vncpasswd vnclicense vnclicensewiz \
         vnclicensehelper vncpipehelper vncinitconfig vncserver; do
    sudo rm "/usr/bin/$f"
  • Thanks, this worked perfectly! Just out of pure interest, how can I check, whether everything was uninstalled/removed completely? I checked whether the files, listed in your script, are still available or not. Is there another way?
    – DamBedEi
    Jul 28, 2015 at 7:55
  • you could use find / -iname "*vnc*" but there could be many false positive results.
    – A.B.
    Jul 28, 2015 at 7:58

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