How to uninstall CrashPlan on Ubuntu

The official instructions for removing the CrashPlan Linux app are this:

Linux: Run the uninstaller shell script that comes in the installer package.

Unfortunately the uninstaller doesn’t do a very good job, and leaves a lot laying around. So here’s instructions on how to get rid of everything:

Stop the CrashPlan daemon task

sudo /etc/init.d/crashplan stop

Delete the files

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/crashplan
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/crashplan
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/var/crashplan
sudo rm -rf /etc/init.d/crashplan /etc/rc2.d/S99crashplan

(yes, these could be combined into a simple statement, but I broke them up for ease of reading.)
That should take care of it.

Note that these instructions are based on a Ubuntu installation. And as always, exercise a little common sense with any command that begins in sudo rm -rf If you break it, you get to keep all the pieces.


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  1. #1 by Brian on September 14, 2010 - 8:57 pm

    Thank you. Very helpful

  2. #2 by Peter on October 11, 2010 - 11:14 am

    Very very thank you. Very helpful

  3. #3 by chris faron on March 15, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    Thanks Mike, great help. Looking forward to the new version of Ubuntu

  4. #4 by Allan on November 10, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    Nice work. Thanks for making it so clear!

  5. #5 by Steve on December 20, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Great! Made that simple enough! Thanks!

  6. #6 by nick on February 9, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    Thanks — I wish the crashplan website had instructions this clear.

  7. #7 by Pablo on June 3, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    Thanks for the guide! Just as an FYI, however, I also had an additional path not listed above (on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS): /usr/local/bin/CrashPlanDesktop

  8. #8 by The Lone Marmot (@TheLoneMarmot) on February 16, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Thank you so much.

    The inability to completely uninstall CrashPlan was really annoying me!