I am having some wierd issues with Apache2 server on my ubuntu server. I believe some configuration files may have been tampered with. What is the easiest way to remove apache2 completely from my server. I am aware of how to install by using

sudo apt-get install apache2

but, I just want to make sure I completely remove apache2.


Run the following two commands:

sudo apt-get --purge remove apache2
sudo apt-get remove apache2-common
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    I did this and I still have apache2-bin, apache2-data, apache2-utils. Aren't these parts of apache2 and therefore should have been deleted when executing what you say? – m4l490n Apr 6 '20 at 18:17

First stop your server obviously:

sudo service apache2 stop

Remove apache2 packages and dependencies:

sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2.2-bin apache2-common
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge

If you manually modified or installed stuff, apt might not remove it. Check what's left:

whereis apache2

Have a look whats inside these directories, and if you're confident you want to trash it, manually remove the directories. In my case:

sudo rm -Rf /etc/apache2 /usr/lib/apache2 /usr/include/apache2
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    This answer is more complete than the accepted answer. The full sequence of commands is: sudo service apache2 stop sudo apt-get --purge remove apache2 sudo apt-get remove apache2-common sudo apt-get autoremove whereis apache2 apache2: /etc/apache2 sudo rm -rf /etc/apache2 – Vladimir Tsvetkov Dec 4 '12 at 9:32
  • Great thorough answer. :-0 – djangofan Dec 4 '12 at 21:57
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    This should be marked as the correct answer. Just had loads of trouble with Apache2 and this saved me from reinstall my OS (Linux Mint 14 MATE). Thanks! – Jonathan Komar Mar 1 '13 at 20:48
  • Simply: "sudo apt-get remove apache2;sudo apt-get autoremove --purge" – diyism Jun 25 '13 at 1:44

I think you can try this out.

APACHE_PKGS=`sudo dpkg --get-selections | grep apache | cut -f 1`

In your Terminal then check to see if it's there:


Should show something like:

apache2 apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-utils apache2.2-common and many more. Then you run this command:

sudo apt-get remove --purge $APACHE_PKGS
sudo apt-get install $APACHE_PKGS

And you should be good to go.

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