how to remove ppa repository in ubuntu/debian

How to Remove PPA in Ubuntu/Debian Linux

Personal Package Archives (PPAs) are software repositories created by developers and hosted on Ubuntu’s Launchpad website. They are useful if you are unable to install software packages from Ubuntu’s official repositories. Sometimes you may need to remove PPA in Ubuntu/Debian systems. In this article we will look at the different ways to remove PPA in Ubuntu/Debian Linux.


How to Remove PPA in Ubuntu/Debian Linux

Here are the steps to remove PPA in Ubuntu/Debian Linux.


1. Using add-apt-repository

The most common and recommended way to remove PPA repository is to use add-apt-repository command. Here is its syntax.

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:PPA_Name/ppa

Replace PPA_Name with your PPA name. Here is an example to remove Libre Office PPA.

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:libreoffice/ppa


2. Using ppa-purge

You can also use ppa-purge command from terminal to remove a PPA. Install it with the following command.

$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

Run the following command to remove PPA libreoffice/ppa.

$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa


3. Remove PPA Manually

Ubuntu/Debian store list of sources in /etc/apt in .list or .list.d files. Look for file with your PPA name in this folder using grep.

$ sudo grep "libre" /etc/apt

This will list the file name (e.g. sources.list) which contains PPA with string “libre” in it. Open that file in a text editor.

$ sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Look for the line that starts with “deb” and contains your PPA name and remove it. Save and close the file.

That’s it. Your PPA repository will be removed from sources.list.

In this article, we have seen three ways to delete PPA from Ubuntu/Debian system.

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