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Remove Ubuntu One from Ubuntu 10.04

One of the new additions to Ubuntu 10.04 is the file syncing service Ubuntu One. If you already use a similar service like Dropbox, or you don’t want to sync files between computers, you might want to remove Ubuntu One – we’ll show you how.

If you’ve never tried Ubuntu One, then the first two steps will be unnecessary, but they don’t take long so it might be safer to go through them all anyway.

To start, we need to make sure that Ubuntu One isn’t running. Open the System Monitor, in System > Administration > System Monitor.


In the Processes tab, look for anything that starts with “ubuntone”. Select them, and click End Process.


Next, we’ll get rid of the stored authentication token for Ubuntu One. Click on Applications > Accessories > Passwords and Encryption Keys.


If a token for UbuntuOne exists, right-click on it and select Delete.


Now we can remove all of the folders that Ubuntu One uses. Open up a terminal window (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and enter the following commands:

rm –rf ~/.local/share/ubuntuone
rm –rf ~/.cache/ubuntuone
rm –rf ~/.config/ubuntuone
rm –rf ~/Ubuntu\ One

The backslash in the last command is there because the folder name has a space in it.


Finally, we can remove all of the packages related to Ubuntu One.

In the terminal window, type in:

sudo apt-get purge ubuntuone-client* python-ubuntuone-storage*


Confirm the removal of all of the packages, and you’re done!

If you ever want to reinstall Ubuntu One, you can follow the instructions on Ubuntu One’s Launchpad site.

Trevor is our resident Linux geek, but always keeps his eyes open for neat Windows tricks too.

  • Published 07/23/10

Comments (15)

  1. jon_hill987

    Nice. Is there anyway to get rid of the damn integrated social networking features as well (these may only be in the netbook version)?

  2. Scott

    Is there a specific reason to remove UbuntuOne – security, system speed, more disc space? Or is this just a general how-to for those who would like to do it?

  3. Trevor Bekolay


    I think the integrated social networking features are part of Empathy, so it may be the case that getting rid of Empathy will get rid of those, but I’m not certain.


    I don’t believe there’s a noticeable gain in terms of speed or security by removing Ubuntu One, it’s more of an organizational change, for people who want to be as minimal as possible and not have things they don’t want on their computer. It’s one less entry in the System > Preferences menu!

  4. Spydeyrch

    I think that the social thing is gwibber.


  5. dominic

    Ubuntu is excellent, but one of the most annoying things about it is the crapware that it comes infested with. Even the cheapest nastiest lenovos and acers come with less default junk than the default ubuntu install. Ubuntu One is bloody horrible and should be much easier to disable. It disappeared my volume control when I removed it. Nasty stuff.

  6. grumpy

    Ubuntuone, in my opinion, is half-baked product.
    ubuntyone-syncd is a CPU hog (40-70%), no config tools
    u1sdtool is buggy – trying to delete a shared folder gives frequent DBus errors.

  7. HobbitTR

    I have used Ubuntu almost since it started and it gives me both the capabilities to change what I want within my limititations and the stability I need for a working OS.
    Removing UbuntuOne is VERY simple even for grumpy and dominic:

    In order to completely remove the Ubuntu One client from your computer, please do the following (commands prefaced with $ are to be run in a terminal session, without the $ at the beginning):

    1. Quit the Ubuntu One client
    2. $ sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/ubuntuone
    3. $ rm -rf ~/.cache/ubuntuone
    4. $ rm -rf ~/.config/ubuntuone
    5. $ mv ~/Ubuntu\ One/ ~/Ubuntu\ One_old/
    6. ***NOTE: Passwords and Encryption Keys is NOT under Accessories***
    Open System->Preferences->Passwords and Encryption Keys, go to the Passwords tab, delete the Ubuntu One token (if there is one)
    7. $ sudo aptitude purge ubuntuone-client python-ubuntuone-client python-ubuntuone-storageprotocol
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
    libsyncdaemon-1.0-1{a} libubuntuone-1.0-1{a} python-ubuntuone{a} rhythmbox-ubuntuone-music-store{a} ubuntuone-client{p} ubuntuone-client-gnome{a} python-ubuntuone-client{p} python-ubuntuone-storageprotocol{p}

    to restore your volume control do this:
    Restore Missing Volume Button to System Tray
    Use Alt+F2
    Go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications
    add it as a new entry
    Sound Volume Applet
    Restores Volume Button to top panel
    Save startup applications.

  8. Moisès

    Thanks for the guide. It’s just what I needed to remove successfully UbuntuOne

  9. Richard

    Thanks! I love Ubuntu, but Ubuntu One has never worked well for me. I recommend using DropBox it seems to work flawlessly

  10. Garg

    Thank you soo much! Is there a way to get rid of the integrated Broadcast Accounts and the gnome-keyring thing?

  11. janis

    I think Broadcast Accounts you can remove by removing gwibber and reboot. I did it and this thing dissapeared,

  12. cytorn

    Thanks that’s what i needed, work on ubuntu 11.04 :)

  13. SpawNerGR

    Oh My God (not only OMG)
    I left Ubuntu for a while and came back few days now and found out about the Ubuntu One after i installed the system and when the desktop showed up after the boot process i was so much disappointed and gazed from the horrible imo Ubuntu One project. Did a logout and immediately switched to Ubuntu Classic (thank god there was an option there).

    So my point is why do they want a to destroy such a good distro?
    Clean, stable, user-friendly, Gnome look distro.
    I think the guys down there in Canonical feel a bit suicidal like Windows did with Vista and continued with 7,

    Now i’m stuck with some leftovers (like a button in Nautilus) from Ubuntu One, in the Classic interface and gonna try out the guide above. So thanks for pointing out the dependencies One uses.


  14. weiting

    Yup it works for me on 11.04 too! It was so horrible to see that my laptop was working sooo slow with the new operating system, but apparently UbuntuOne was taking up 70% of the memory and 120% of CPU at start. Thanks for the post I can finally enjoy the new OS. =)

  15. Justin

    WARNING! The sudo apt-get purge command above did get rid of the awful Ubuntu One, but it also got rid of tomboy (and all of my notes) at the same time. Of course I should have read the list of packages about to be de-installed more carefully, but I wasn’t expecting anything like that.

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