How to Remove Apache from Ubuntu

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how remove Apache and/or purge from Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04.

If you’re a webmaster and you want to remove Apache web server from your host, the steps below will show you.

There are basically two ways to uninstall or remove programs from Ubuntu and Linux systems.

You can either run the apt remove or apt purge.

When you use the remove option with apt, the command will delete the software package from the system, but leave the configuration files behind.

Using purge with apt will delete the software package including all configurating files and settings.

When you want to delete Apache from Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

Remove Apache

Again, if you run apt with the remove option, it will delete Apache from the host computer, but keep all configuration file intact.

If you thinking of removing Apache to reinstall, then you may want to use the purge option.

If you simply want to remove Apache package but key all configuration files, then run the commands below:

sudo apt remove apache2

The commands above delete Apache but site configuration files in the /etc/apache2 directory are left alone, including the content directory at /var/www.

Purge Apache

The purge option with apt will delete Apache and all configuration files from Ubuntu.

If you want to complete delete Apache including configuration files and settings, then use the purge option.

The files in /etc/apache2 directory will be removed. However, the site content at /var/www will be left alone.

Run the commands below to remove Apache along with its configuration files.

sudo apt purge apache2

Reinstall Apache

When you use the reinstall option with apt, the command will delete apache and install.

The reinstall option won’t change or delete any configuration file or the site content at /var/www.

It will simply delete and reinstall the apache packages.

To reinstall apache, run the commands below:

sudo apt reinstall apache2

That should do it!


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