PPA-Purge: How to Roll Back Major Installations in Ubuntu

Screenshot from 2014-05-11 15:02:54If your helping with testing new features in the development version of ubuntu, or trying out a new Desktop Environment, you will likely encounter installing new packages from a ppa. But what happens when you want to roll back those changes?

Thankfully there is a tool to help called ppa-purge. PPA-purge will uninstall all packages from a specified ppa and downgrade you back to the archive versions. In addition it will disable the ppa so you can’t install packages from it.


sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

How to use

Simply execute the following line, replace the ppa:NAMEOFPPA with the ppa you wish to purge.

sudo ppa-purge ppa:NAMEOFPPA

I’ll show you a quick example of me removing the HUD ppa:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:unity-team/hudUpdating packages lists

PPA to be removed: unity-team hud

comm: file 2 is not in sorted order

Package revert list generated:

gir1.2-dbusmenu-glib-0.4/precise gir1.2-dbusmenu-gtk-0.4/precise

indicator-appmenu/precise libdbusmenu-glib4/precise libdbusmenu-gtk3-4/precise

libdbusmenu-gtk4/precise libunity-core-5.0-5/precise unity/precise

unity-common/precise unity-services/precise

Disabling unity-team PPA from


The following packages will be DOWNGRADED:

gir1.2-dbusmenu-glib-0.4 gir1.2-dbusmenu-gtk-0.4 libdbusmenu-glib4

libdbusmenu-gtk3-4 libdbusmenu-gtk4 indicator-appmenu

Note that it found the packages I had installed and offered to downgrade them. Say yes and ppa-purge will put you back to archive state. Neat!

via PPA-Purge: the magic undo buttton | The Orange Notebook.