How to uninstall MySQL on Ubuntu 20.04

You would like to remove MySQL database from your Ubuntu system ? In this short tutorial, you will learn how to safely uninstall MySQL .

Make sure however to create backups of your databases before starting the procedure. In case you have an issue with MySQL, you also have the possibility to repair MySQL.

Read: How to install MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04

If MySQL service is up and running, you would need to stop it using the command :

sudo systemctl stop mysql

Uninstall MySQL Ubuntu: Stop service

You also have to delete any process/daemon related to MySQL by invoking the commands:

sudo killall -9 mysql

sudo killall -9 mysqld

Read: How to install LAMP on Ubuntu 18.04

Now the most important commands that will completely remove MySQL (along with its dependent packages) are the following :

sudo apt-get remove –purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common mysql-server-core-* mysql-client-core-*

If you had configured your MySQL and created some data, this also needs to be removed for a clean uninstallation.

sudo rm -rf /var/log/mysql

sudo rm -rf /etc/mysql

sudo rm -rf /usr/bin/mysql

sudo deluser -f mysql

Finally carry out the following set of commands to get rid of packages that are no longer necessary:

sudo apt autoremove

sudo apt autoclean

Remove MySQL Ubuntu: Autoclean command

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Marianne elanotta

Marianne is a graduate in communication technologies and enjoys sharing the latest technological advances across various fields. Her programming skills include Java OO and Javascript, and she prefers working on open-source operating systems. In her free time, she enjoys playing chess and computer games with her two children.

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  1. Gaayathri Saravanana

    Thanks for help us. I saw one error in the 3rd command. “The word ‘remove’ will come after ‘–purge’ only. If we use before , it will show error

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