I'm really in love with Ubuntu but I'm not used to Gwibber, for some reason.

I can't remove gwibber without removing the ubuntu-desktop package.

Is it safe to remove it, without ruining my desktop?

  • Today I tried to uninstall Gwibber. My computer worked for 15 minutes, and after refreshing the program's list, Gwibber still was among them. But after that my computer started to low-graphic mode and I cannot communicate with it. So I guess it isn't very safe to remove gWibber. I advise just not to use it, if you don't like it.
    – user150873
    Apr 20, 2013 at 20:13

3 Answers 3


Yes, it is completely safe. The ubuntu-desktop package is just a metapackage, which means that it has nothing in it, just dependencies. To remove, simply type this into a Terminal (Unity dash->Terminal) window:

sudo apt-get purge "gwibber.*"

Hope this helps!

  • Don't worry, I can confirm that it won't harm the system. Uninstalling Gwibber is one of the first things I do and it does no harm whatsoever. ;)
    – Icedrake
    Jan 5, 2012 at 19:47
  • Irfan Hanafi, if it works, could you mark it as the correct answer (the one that fixed your problem)?
    – MiJyn
    Aug 9, 2012 at 22:07

To remove an account from Gwibber: Open Gwibber, click "Edit > Accounts" on the global menu (hover over the top of the screen where you see the title and the menu will show) A window should pop up named "Online Accounts". Click on the site of the account then click "Remove account."

To uninstall Gwibber (or any other piece of software): Open the "Ubuntu Software Center", search "Gwibber", click on the result, and click "Remove".


I used the Software-Centre to remove Gwibber but the API thingy still launched my browser and asked for Facebook login details there. Not sure if it was related but it would be a coincidence if it wasn't because it never done it before.

After running:

sudo apt-get purge "gwibber.*"

My browser stopped launching by itself.

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