Since I did not install NetBeans via the Software Center (I installed it as an .sh file) I can't see an easy way of uninstalling the program.

How can I safely uninstall the program?

  • How did you install it?
    – belacqua
    Nov 7, 2011 at 20:52
  • 1
    I installed it with this command: chmod 777 /path/netbeans.sh
    – FredN
    Nov 7, 2011 at 21:05

9 Answers 9

  1. There will be a file named uninstall.sh in /usr/local/netbeans-x.x if you installed netbeans with root privilege. If you installed it with a normal user account the netbeans-X.X folder will be in your home directory. (Here x.x refers to the version number such as 6.9 or 7.2 etc)

  2. Open a terminal and go to netbeans' installation directory using cd command. Such as cd /usr/local/netbeans-x.x.

  3. Use 'su' to become superuser (type in your root password).

  4. Then execute uninstall.sh file with the command sh uninstall.sh.

Alternatively, You can double click on it and choose "run in terminal" option. You need to supply the password (admin user's) to do this.

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    Note that you only need to be root if you installed using root. Otherwise running uninstall.sh without using su/sudo works fine. Apr 7, 2013 at 21:45
  • The uninstaller wants to uninstall Tomcat too, but I want to keep it because it is used by the new installation of Netbeans I have already done. Any suggestion?
    – Pino
    Jun 25, 2013 at 7:00
  • Now, How to uninstall it without removing my settings and apply that settings to the new version of the netBeans (eg. 7.3 or 7.4) which i want to install instead?
    – shgnInc
    Oct 9, 2013 at 15:54

To uninstall the IDE:

  • Shut down the IDE.
  • Find the IDE installation directory :

    locate netbeans
  • In the IDE installation directory, typically in your home directory there is a directory called netbeans. Once inside it, run the uninstaller:

  • At the Summary page, click Uninstall.

  • After uninstallation completes, click Finish.

To uninstall GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 3.1:

  • Shut down the IDE.
  • Locate the application server installation directory.

      Linux     root    /usr/local/glassfish-3.1
    • In your home directory there is a director call glassfish look inside and you can find it, run the file :

  • At the Summary page, click Uninstall.

  • After uninstallation completes, click Finish.

Source here

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  • What if he install netbeans with admin user account?
    – Anwar
    Oct 8, 2012 at 13:14

Simply dragging and dropping the uninstall.sh from a home install folder to a terminal activates the netbeans uninstaller.


Go to ~/netbeans x.x/ and execute uninstall.sh .

Also, if you installed glassfish or tomcat, look for their respective folders in ~/ and execute their uninstaller.

  1. Ok here's a more sophisticated process. Open synaptic and search for "nautilus execute". Install it.

  2. Go to /usr/local/netbeans and find the uninstall.sh file.

  3. Upon finding right click on it. You will now see a option "execute as" in the context menu. Select that and select "root".

Thats it. Now wait for some moment and the un-installation wizard will show up. Now follow the on screen dialogue.

Note: You need to delete .nb, .netbeans, netbeans-derby etc folders from your home folder manually.


Don't get confuse with codes. Here is the simplest way to Uninstall Netbeans..

Open Files.

Select NetBeans-8.1Beta (if you are using another version then select your version)

Open Terminal (alt+ctrl+T)

Drag uninstall.sh file to terminal window.

Uninstallation Process will be automatically intiated. :)


I understand this is an old post, but i came here looking for how to remove version 7 as i have 8 installed. I have found that it can be removed from the dash.

Ubuntu 14.04: Dash -> search netbeans (You should see two icons if you have two versions installed) -> right click the version you want removing, a button should appear toward the bottom of the information that says uninstall.


If you'd installed the netbeans through Ubuntu software center it is enough to use the same to uninstall it. It is a very simple process. Go to Ubuntu software center and select the select the netbeans ide and uninstall it.

If it is installed via terminal, then locate the netbean directory normally(usr/local/netbean) and run the uninstall file uninstall.sh.


If NetBeans is installed from a downloaded netbeans.sh file, you can uninstall from its directory like:

cd ~/netbeans-8.2/   # or your NetBeans version 
chmod a+x uninstall.sh

Otherwise, to uninstall:

sudo apt-get remove netbeans

Uninstall with config:

sudo apt-get remove --purge netbeans


sudo apt-get install netbeans

If Universe repository in not allowed, enable it and update:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) universe"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netbeans

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