How to Uninstall Firefox from Linux

How to Uninstall Firefox from Linux?

Ahhh Yes, Firefox is a great web browser, privacy-focused, fast, and reliable which comes packed with all the Linux distributions.

But let’s face it, the lack of extensions makes it really unsuitable for some groups of people, especially after Firefox disabled their popular extension, Chrome Store Foxified, which allowed users to natively add extensions to firefox from the Google Web Store.

That’s why people tend to opt for other web browsers based on chromium available for Linux, such as Chrome, Chromium, Brave browser, or others.

And if you’re one of those who are using some other web browser and not Firefox and don’t even rarely launch it then you might be wondering how to uninstall Firefox from Linux.

Well, the good part is, that it’s fairly easy to uninstall firefox from Linux even if it comes pre-installed with the system apps.

Follow these steps to easily uninstall Firefox from your Linux device running a popular Linux distro.

How to uninstall Firefox from Linux using Software Manager

How to Uninstall Firefox from Linux

Almost all GUI Linux distros come with some software managing application installed with them so you can easily customize, remove or add the software you want.

Here are the steps you can follow to uninstall firefox from your Linux distro.

  1. Hit the Super key and search for, “Software Manager” or “Add or Remove Programs” You’ll get the GUI software manager option provided with the particular Linux distribution you are using.
  2. Launch the GUI software management program that comes with the distro you’re using.
  3. Click on the menu option of the software manager.
  4. Click on, the “Installed” option.
  5. Navigate the program you want to delete, as in this case, it is Firefox.
  6. You’ll see a remove button beside the program name
  7. Click on Remove and proceed with the further instructions.

This is how to Uninstall Firefox from Linux using the default software store provided with your Linux distribution.

Here’s how to uninstall firefox from Linux based on Debian / Fedora / Arch-based distros.

How to uninstall Firefox from Linux Mint / Ubuntu / Debian based Distros using Terminal

It’s fairly very easy to uninstall Firefox from Debian-based Linux distros.

How to Uninstall Firefox from Linux

  1. Launch the terminal and type in – sudo apt purge firefox and hit enter.
  2. The package manager will check some dependencies and show you the programs that would be changed after the operation. Type ‘Y‘ and hit enter when the package manager asks for confirmation for the program to be removed from your Linux machine.
  3. Sit back and let the package manager uninstall Firefox from your computer.

After the process has been completed your screen will quite look like this:

How to Uninstall Firefox from Linux

This is the confirmation that Firefox has been uninstalled from your computer. You can go and check it in the application section. It’s Gone.

Now you can close the terminal and enjoy web browsing on your favorite browser, whatever you’ve installed.

How to uninstall Firefox from Manjaro / other Arch Based Systems using Terminal

  1. Launch the terminal and type in – sudo pacman -R firefox and hit enter.
  2. The package manager will check some dependencies and show you the programs that would be changed after the operation. Type ‘Y‘ and hit enter when the package manager asks for confirmation for the program to be removed from your Linux machine.
  3. Sit back and let the package manager uninstall Firefox from your computer.
  4. Do a database update using – sudo updatedb

How to uninstall Firefox from Fedora using Terminal

Follow these simple steps to remove FIrefox from your Fedora Systems.

  1. Launch the terminal
  2. Type in – sudo dnf remove firefox 
  3. Type in ‘Y‘ to proceed with the changes after the package manager checks the dependencies and asks for your permission for the changes to take effect.
  4. You may also want to delete the .mozilla folder from your home directory to wipe out all the settings preferences and data in case you want a clean reinstall of the Firefox next time.

How to uninstall and do a clean reinstall of Firefox in Debian Based Distros

Sometimes there are just some things messed up with the program that doesn’t solve even by restoring all the settings to default. If any such things even happened to your Mozilla Firefox in Linux you may want to remove firefox and do a clean install of firefox in your system.

Here are the steps you can follow to do a clean reinstall of Firefox in Debian-based distros.


  1. Open terminal and type – sudo apt purge firefox
  2. Type ‘Y’ and proceed with the uninstall of Firefox.
  3. Delete .mozilla/firefox/ in your home directory.
  4. Delete /etc/firefox/, this is where your preferences and user profiles are stored
  5. Delete /usr/lib/firefox/
  6. Delete /usr/lib/firefox-addons/
  7. Now type in – sudo apt install firefox

How to Uninstall Firefox from Linux

This will begin a fresh installation of the firefox browser from the terminal using apt package manager. Type in – ‘Y‘ to affirm the changes being made. Your fresh install of Firefox will be ready.

Here’s a detailed guide for uninstalling Firefox as if it never existed –

Removing Firefox in Ubuntu with all add-ons like it never existed

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