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.

4 Answers 4


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, 2020 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 Dec 4, 2012 at 9:32
  • Great thorough answer. :-0
    – djangofan
    Dec 4, 2012 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! Mar 1, 2013 at 20:48
  • Simply: "sudo apt-get remove apache2;sudo apt-get autoremove --purge"
    – diyism
    Jun 25, 2013 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.


These commands will completely remove Apache2, all its configs and logs:

sudo service apache2 stop
sudo apt purge apache2
sudo apt autoremove
sudo rm -rf /etc/apache2
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apache2
sudo rm -rf /var/log/apache2

Install Apache2:

sudo apt install apache2

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