How to install and completely remove Wine?



If you are following Ubuntu, you must be Wine familiar with Wine. Wine is an application that allows you to run Windows-based programs in Ubuntu. You install Wine by executing the following command in the Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal).

sudo apt-get install wine

Now, you need to install the Windows-only application that you wish to use. Go to Appliactions -> Wine -> Configure Wine, and install the application. A simpler approach will be to just click on the Windows installer of the application. It will be installed inside Wine and a can be accessed under Applications -> Wine. To uninstall, use the Uninstall Wine Software option or do it from Configure Wine option.

Completely removing Wine: In case you want to completely remove Wine, the ususal uninstall command would leave you wondering what went wrong. It will uninstall Wine but leave the folders under the Applications menu. If you want a complete uninstall, execute the following commands in Terminal in the following order.

sudo apt-get remove wine
rm -rf $HOME/.wine
rm -f $HOME/.config/menus/applications-merged/wine*
rm -rf $HOME/.local/share/applications/wine
rm -f $HOME/.local/share/desktop-directories/wine*
rm -f $HOME/.local/share/icons/????_*.xpm

PS: This is the sixth in a series on switching to Ubuntu from Windows, for non-geeks. At the end of the Ubuntu series, you will be a proud owner of a fantastic Linux system.

Ubuntu series:
Part1: Easy guide to getting started with Ubuntu
Part2: Dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows with common storage drives
Part3: Make Ubuntu mount partitions and drives automatically at startup
Part4: Activating restricted music formats, Java and Flash on Ubuntu
Part5: Installing some basic applications on your Ubuntu system
Part6: How to install and completely remove Wine?
Part7: Easily tweak Ubuntu with Ubuntu Tweak
Part8: Tasque manages to-do list locally or integrates with Remember The Milk
Part9: AllTray: Dock every application in tray
Part10: Install a Web server on Ubuntu home computer

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Thank you for this post; it was really helpful. Question: some applications worked well under 'wine' (Photoshop was one) but others like a 2004 version of Dreamweaver MX claim that it cannot find gearsec.exe
Do you have an idea why is this happened and/or if I'm missing something else? BTW, the reason I wanted to remove wine completely is because QuickTimes kept reappearing after the 'normal' removal and another post suggested that it was QuickTimes what created that problem. Thanks in advance. Gustavo
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i tried to do this, but it didn't seem to work. then, after restarting, it seems my home folder has been cleared. wtf
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I did this and got wine removed completely. But at the same time all of my documents got deleted. There is nothing inside home/documents..home/pictures..and so on..... I used the code given above. Someone help me.
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Completely removing Wine can be harder than just removing it from the Synaptic package manager. You can even delete the hidden .wine folder in your home directory and still have Wine configuration files left behind. So in case you want to completely remove Wine, simply copy and paste the following in the terminal. It will uninstall Wine and remove it from the menu as well.
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I installed wine on my desktop running ubuntu 10.04. All was working fine until I installed battlefield 1942. I had an issue so decided to uninstall wine and try link wheel again.

When I reinstalled wine, I get no Programs item in the menu. I can browse to the folder when browsing the c drive.
I started to uninstall BF1942 to try again and had a power cut during the process.

Is there any way to completely remove wine and all its files and foilders so I can start again?

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