Permanently removing apache2

  • It seems a simple apt-get remove apache2 does not completely remove apache2 as I can still see it on one of the processes when running top. How does one remove apache2 completely on his ubuntu server?

    It's not removed indeed:

    ~# which apache2
    ~# whereis apache2
    apache2: /usr/sbin/apache2 /etc/apache2 /usr/lib/apache2 /usr/share/apache2 /usr/share/man/man8/apache2.8.gz

    But when I do apt-get remove apache2 again:

    # apt-get remove apache2
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Package apache2 is not installed, so not removed
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

    run `apt-get purge apache2`. It will remove the all config files.

    I followed this with `apt-get autoremove` and then `sudo rm -rf /etc/apache2`

  • Oli

    Oli Correct answer

    8 years ago

    apache2 is a metapackage that just selects other packages. If you installed apache by installing that package, you just need to run this to clean up the automatically selected packages:

    sudo apt autoremove

    If that doesn't work, you might have installed one of the dependents manually. You can target all the apache2- packages from space and nuke the lot:

    sudo apt remove apache2.*

    For future reference, to find out which package a binary is from, you can run this:

    dpkg -S `which apache2`

    I'd expect that to come back with apache2.2-bin (at the time of writing).

    also, use --purge if you want the configuration files to be deleted as well: apt-get --purge remove apache2

    The last command outputs `apache2-mpm-prefork: /usr/sbin/apache2`

    @Severus fair enough -- I was just guessing but that makes sense. Yeah I'd just use the wildcard but keen an eye on what it's going to delete. apache2-common is used by some tools that aren't the apache2 httpd so you might need to reinstall some thing after.

    @Oli Removing things with a regex 'apache2*' is dangerous, loads of things end up getting removed

    @jasdeepkhalsa It's not "dangerous". `apt-get` (unlike `apt-cache`) limits its searches to names-only so it's not that far-reaching. Everything it captures is Apache or Apache dependent. Check it yourself with `apt-get -s remove apache2*`

    should be sudo apt-get remove apache2.*

    it's too dangerous to run `sudo apt-get autoremove`

    @Shqear Not really. If the packages you need are only installed to fulfil dependencies on other packages, that's your problem. Mark them manual and autoremove will never remove them. And if you're concerned that something bad might happen, use the `-s` flag to simulate a dry-run before the real thing.

  • Follow these steps to remove the apache2 service using Terminal:

    1. First stop the apache2 service if it is running with: sudo service apache2 stop
    2. Now remove and cleanup all the apache2 packages with:

      sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2.2-bin apache2-common
      sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2-bin apache2.2-common
    3. Finally, run sudo apt-get autoremove just in case any other cleanup in needed

    You can do the following two tests to confirm apache has been removed:

    1. which apache2 - should return a blank line
    2. sudo service apache2 start - should return apache2: unrecognized service

    sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2-bin apache2.2-common

    works perfect for me

    When I run *which apache2* it reports */usr/sbin/apache2*. Should that someone be deleted before reinstalling?

  • A very simple and straightforward way that worked for me is as follows:

    1. Stop apache2.

      sudo service apache2 stop
    2. Uninstall Apache2 and its dependent packages.

      sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2.2-bin apache2-common
    3. Use autoremove option to get rid of other dependencies.

      sudo apt-get autoremove
    4. Check whether there are any configuration files that have not been removed.

      whereis apache2
    5. If you get a response as follows apache2: /etc/apache2 remove the directory and existing configuration files.

      sudo rm -rf /etc/apache2  

    Source: How to uninstall and remove Apache2 on Ubuntu or Debian by Dan Nanni

    For me it was: sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2-bin apache2.2-common

  • First check if you are using right package name, IMO correct package name is : apache2.x-common

    If you want to completely remove the package including config files then try:

        dpkg --purge apache2.2-common
  • Take time to check if you are using the different package apache2.2-bin for Ubuntu 16.04 the latest is apache2.4-bin

    sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2.4-bin apache2.4-common

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