Uninstall Google Desktop in Ubuntu

Well, I’m bored of Google Desktop already since I upgraded to Hardy. The new Tracker in hardy is better integrated into the system. I got the instruction from Google Desktop Help Center.

To uninstall Google Desktop:

  1. Open Terminal: Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  2. Enter:
  3. sudo dpkg -r google-desktop-linux

  4. Type in your password and hit Enter. You have uninstalled Google Desktop.

I am still trying to install Google Gadget. Check it out if you are interested. Pretty messy though.

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15 Responses

  1. […] Uninstall Google Desktop on Ubuntu […]

  2. Thanks

    im new to linux
    very different from windows

  3. Thanks a lot šŸ˜‰

  4. keep getting uninstall errors;
    dpkg – warning: while removing google-desktop-linux, directory `/var/cache/google/desktop’ not empty so not removed.
    dpkg – warning: while removing google-desktop-linux, directory `/var/cache/google’ not empty so not removed.

    what gives?

    • Hi John,

      Not sure what’s going there. It has been a while. What I would have done is go to the directories there, and delete the files manually. These seems to be just cache files, not too important. Linux prevent you from deleting them so the other programs can still use the cache if needed. You should check out the google forum. I have the link on my post.

  5. thanks i was able to remove it too i am also new to ubuntu

  6. Thanks a lot, dude.

  7. Thanks a lot! šŸ˜›

  8. For ubuntu 8.0.4 installed google desktop which it seems is not compatible with firefox 3.5.7. After installing seems like restart icon in toolbar got pushed off the screen to right. Uninstalled with your suggested
    sudo dpkg -r google-desktop-linux
    restarted machine, but still no restart icon in toolbar.
    Right side of toolbar has 3 icons for processor temperatures, wired network, speaker volume (when click on it part of text is off-screen), date (again, text off-screen), but missing restart icon which used to be to the right of date.
    Any suggestion for what happened to restart icon.

  9. Thanks a lot dude did really work. I think the cache files do not matter until one is really saving space.

  10. […] Uninstall Google Desktop in Ubuntu « ma65pWell, I’m bored of Google Desktop already since I upgraded to Hardy. The new Tracker in hardy is better integrated into the system. I got the instruction from Google Desktop Help Center. … To uninstall Google Desktop: … Type in your password and hit Enter. You have uninstalled Google Desktop. « Paolo pignatelli […]

  11. Thanks a lot

  12. thanks a lot!! šŸ˜€

  13. I get an error message saying “there’s no installed package matching google-desktop-linux”
    Google Desktop is installed.

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