python uninstall


I have installed a python package with python install.

How do I uninstall it?

Asked By: flybywire



Note: Avoid using python install use pip install .

You need to remove all files manually, and also undo any other stuff that installation did manually.

If you don’t know the list of all files, you can reinstall it with the --record option, and take a look at the list this produces.

To record a list of installed files, you can use:

python install --record files.txt

Once you want to uninstall you can use xargs to do the removal:

xargs rm -rf < files.txt

Or if you’re running Windows, use Powershell:

Get-Content files.txt | ForEach-Object {Remove-Item $_ -Recurse -Force}

Then delete also the containing directory, e.g. /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.7/lib/python3.7/site-packages/my_module-0.1.egg/ on macOS. It has no files, but Python will still import an empty module:

>>> import my_module
>>> my_module.__file__

Once deleted, Python shows:

>>> import my_module
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'my_module'
Answered By: Martin v. Löwis

Go to your python package directory and remove your .egg file,
In python 2.5(ubuntu): /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/

In python 2.6(ubuntu): /usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/

Answered By: user149513

The lazy way: simply uninstall from the Windows installation menu (if you’re using Windows), or from the rpm command, provided you first re-install it after creating a distribution package.

For example,

python bdist_wininst

(“foo” being an example of course).

Answered By: RedGlyph

Extending on what Martin said, recording the install output and a little bash scripting does the trick quite nicely. Here’s what I do…

for i in $(less install.record);
sudo rm $i;

And presto. Uninstalled.

Answered By: seabass

First record the files you have installed. You can repeat this command, even if you have previously run install:

python install --record files.txt

When you want to uninstall you can just:

sudo rm $(cat files.txt)

This works because the rm command takes a whitespace-seperated list of files to delete and your installation record is just such a list.

Answered By: nathan

For me, the following mostly works:

have pip installed, e.g.:

$ easy_install pip

Check, how is your installed package named from pip point of view:

$ pip freeze

This shall list names of all packages, you have installed (and which were detected by pip).
The name can be sometime long, then use just the name of the package being shown at the and after #egg=. You can also in most cases ignore the version part (whatever follows == or -).

Then uninstall the package:

$ pip uninstall

If it asks for confirmation about removing the package, then you are lucky guy and it will be removed.

pip shall detect all packages, which were installed by pip. It shall also detect most of the packages installed via easy_install or, but this may in some rare cases fail.

Here is real sample from my local test with package named ttr.rdstmc on MS Windows.

$ pip freeze |grep ttr

$ python develop
Finished processing dependencies for ttr.rdstmc==0.0.1dev

$ pip freeze |grep ttr
-e hg+https://[email protected]/vlcinsky/ttr.rdstmc@d61a9922920c508862602f7f39e496f7b99315f0#egg=ttr.rdstmc-dev

$ pip uninstall ttr.rdstmc
Uninstalling ttr.rdstmc:
Proceed (y/n)? y
  Successfully uninstalled ttr.rdstmc

$ pip freeze |grep ttr

Edit 2015-05-20

All what is written above still applies, anyway, there are small modifications available now.

Install pip in python 2.7.9 and python 3.4

Recent python versions come with a package ensurepip allowing to install pip even when being offline:

$ python -m ensurepip –upgrade

On some systems (like Debian Jessie) this is not available (to prevent breaking system python installation).

Using grep or find

Examples above assume, you have grep installed. I had (at the time I had MS Windows on my machine) installed set of linux utilities (incl. grep). Alternatively, use native MS Windows find or simply ignore that filtering and find the name in a bit longer list of detected python packages.

Answered By: Jan Vlcinsky

It might be better to remove related files by using bash to read commands, like the following:

sudo python install --record files.txt
sudo bash -c "cat files.txt | xargs rm -rf"
Answered By: Mark Peng

Probably you can do this as an alternative :-

1) Get the python version –

[linux machine]# python
Python 2.4.3 (#1, Jun 18 2012, 14:38:55) 

-> The above command gives you the current python Version which is 2.4.3

2) Get the installation directory of python –

[linux machine]# whereis python
python: /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/python2.4 /usr/lib/python2.4 /usr/local/bin/python2.5 /usr/include/python2.4 /usr/share/man/man1/python.1.gz

-> From above command you can get the installation directory which is – /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages

3) From here you can remove the packages and python egg files

[linux machine]# cd /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages
[linux machine]# rm -rf paramiko-1.12.0-py2.4.egg paramiko- paramiko-1.9.0-py2.4.egg

This worked for me.. And i was able to uninstall package which was troubling me 🙂

Answered By: COD3R

The #1 answer has problems:

  • Won’t work on mac.
  • If a file is installed which includes spaces or other special
    characters, the xargs command will fail, and delete any
    files/directories which matched the individual words.
  • the -r in rm -rf is unnecessary and at worst could delete things you
    don’t want to.

Instead, for unix-like:

sudo python install --record files.txt
# inspect files.txt to make sure it looks ok. Then:
tr 'n' '' < files.txt | xargs -0 sudo rm -f --

And for windows:

python bdist_wininst

There are also unsolvable problems with uninstalling install which won’t bother you in a typical case. For a more complete answer, see this wiki page:

Answered By: Ian Kelling

Now python gives you the choice to install pip during the installation (I am on Windows, and at least python does so for Windows!). Considering you had chosen to install pip during installation of python (you don’t actually have to choose because it is default), pip is already installed for you. Then, type in pip in command prompt, you should see a help come up. You can find necessary usage instructions there. E.g. pip list shows you the list of installed packages. You can use

pip uninstall package_name

to uninstall any package that you don’t want anymore. Read more here (pip documentation).

Answered By: Sнаđошƒаӽ

I think you can open the, locate the package name, and then ask pip to uninstall it.

Assuming the name is available in a ‘METADATA’ variable:

pip uninstall $(python -c "from setup import METADATA; print METADATA['name']")
Answered By: ThorSummoner

Not exactly answering the question, but something that helps me every day:

Install your packages with

pip install .

This puts the package in $HOME/.local. Uninstall with

pip uninstall <package_name>
Answered By: Nico Schlömer

I had run “python install” at some point in the past accidentally in my global environment, and had much difficulty uninstalling. These solutions didn’t help. “pip uninstall ” didn’t work with “Can’t uninstall ‘splunk-appinspect’. No files were found to uninstall.” “sudo pip uninstall ” didn’t work “Cannot uninstall requirement splunk-appinspect, not installed”. I tried uninstalling pip, deleting the pip cache, searching my hard drive for the package, etc…

“pip show ” eventually led me to the solution, the “Location:” was pointing to a directory, and renaming that directory caused the packaged to be removed from pip’s list. I renamed the directory back, and it didn’t reappear in pip’s list, and now I can reinstall my package in a virtualenv.

Answered By: mmacvicar

I had run python install once in my PyCharm, it installs all the packages into my conda base environment. Later when I want to remove all these packages, pip uninstall does not work. I had to delete them from /anaconda3/lib/python3.7/site-packages manually 🙁

So I don’t see the reason why they use instead of writing requirements.txt file. The requirement file can be used to install packages in virtual environment and won’t mess with system python packages.

Answered By: Yossarian42

If you still have files that are supposed to be deleted after re-installing a package, make sure the folder build is also deleted. Therefore, assuming that pkg is the package you want to delete:

rm -r $(python3 -c "import pkg; print(pkg.__path__[0] + '*' )") 
rm -rf build

Obove work out for python3 and delete the package and its *.egg-info file

At {virtualenv}/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ (if not using virtualenv then {system_dir}/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/)

  • Remove the egg file (e.g. distribute-0.6.34-py2.7.egg)
  • If there is any from file easy-install.pth, remove the corresponding line (it should be a path to the source directory or of an egg file).
Answered By: Bhindi

I have a develop egg link set up with python develop under a conda environment and with pip uninstall <packagename> the egg link is removed. At least in this scenario, pip uninstall is one way to do this.

Answered By: Shan Dou

Install from local
python install

Uninstall from local
pip uninstall mypackage

Answered By: gndps
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