How to uninstall Ruby completely from Linux Mint

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How to uninstall Ruby completely from Linux Mint


Ruby is a dynamic, object-oriented programming language known for its simplicity and productivity.

It was created in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro Matsumoto (often referred to as "Matz") in Japan. Ruby is designed to be both powerful and easy to read and write, with syntax inspired by Perl and Smalltalk.


Remove Ruby packages

sudo apt remove ruby ruby-dev ruby-full

Let's uninstall any Ruby packages that were installed via the package manager.

Open a terminal and run the previous command to uninstall Ruby and related packages.

This command removes the Ruby interpreter, development headers, and any additional Ruby packages that were installed.

Remove Ruby Gems (optional)

sudo gem uninstall --all

Ruby installations may leave behind some directories or configuration files.

Let's manually remove these directories if they exist:

rm -rf ~/.gem
rm -rf /usr/local/lib/ruby

You can use the find command to search for any remaining files related to Ruby:

sudo find / -name "*ruby*" -or -name "*gem*"

This command searches the entire filesystem for files and directories containing "ruby" or "gem" in their names.

Review the output and delete any remaining files or directories that are related to Ruby.


Verify removal

ruby -v

If Ruby has been successfully removed, you should see a message indicating that the command is not found.


Well-done. You did a great job!

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