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Uninstall MySQL Completely on Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pop!_OS, Elementary OS

Cyrus Kao
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If you encounter some technical problems with a package on Linux, the first thing you do is probably try to reinstall it. But the configuration is still there after the package is removed, so everything goes right back to the start after reinstalling it. That's why this guide will cover how to completely purge MySQL.

MySQL daemon (/usr/sbin/mysqld) running in the background

Stop Service

Stop the MySQL service (mysql.service) first so no more data will be written to the disk:

$ sudo systemctl stop mysql

Uninstall Packages

Remove the MySQL packages:

  • All packages related to MySQL (including tools, client, etc.)

    $ sudo apt purge mysql*
  • MySQL server only

    $ sudo apt purge mysql-server

Remove the unused dependencies:

$ sudo apt autoremove

Remove Configurations (Optional)

Remove the configuration files at /etc/mysql:

$ sudo rm -rf /etc/mysql

Remove Databases (Optional)

Remove the database storage at /var/lib/mysql:

$ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql

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