I have installed docker un my debian 7 server using the following command :

sudo curl -sSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh

I would now like to remove docker, how on earth do I uninstall it ?


2 Answers 2


For older versions of docker installed via curl

sudo curl -sSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh

You can remove docker with

sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove docker #Removes docker and dependencies
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/docker #Removes all data 

Edit: 05/2018: For newer versions according to online documentation

$ sudo apt-get purge docker-ce

To remove images, containers, volumes, or customized configuration files on your host that are not automatically removed

$ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/docker 
  • It doesnt make it clear if the method works with the curl method. I end up reading the script :P Sep 18, 2015 at 19:31
  • This didn't work for me. The documentation now says run sudo apt-get remove docker docker-engine docker-ce docker.io
    – Daniel
    Dec 16, 2017 at 0:35
  • Ive updated the answer to cover newer versions of docker. May 24, 2018 at 12:26
apt remove "--purge docker*"
rm -rf /var/lib/docker
apt autoremove
  • Docket was not installed with apt.
    – RalfFriedl
    Aug 25, 2019 at 19:51
  • 1
    On the contrary, the get.docker.com script does, indeed, use apt to install the docker packages.
    – womble
    Aug 27, 2019 at 7:33

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