I have uninstall postgress sql from my machine with command:

sudo apt-get --purge remove postgresql
sudo apt-get purge postgresql*
sudo apt-get --purge remove postgresql postgresql-doc postgresql-common

but when I do sudo apt-get update, I still see postgress:

Hit:14 http://ppa.launchpad.net/elementary-os/stable/ubuntu bionic InRelease                                                                                            
Hit:15 http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt bionic-pgdg InRelease <---                                                                                                   
Hit:16 http://ppa.launchpad.net/elementary-os/os-patches/ubuntu bionic InRelease 

How can I remove this and everything related to postgress?

1 Answer 1


You will need to remove the PostgreSQL source from your apt list. Fortunately, it's not too difficult to do via the Terminal. Here's how you do it:

  1. Open Terminal (if it's not already open)

  2. Change directories to /etc/apt/sources.list.d:

    cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d
  3. List the files in that directory:


    You will see something like this:

    total 16
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 24 13:19 ./
    drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Sep  9 13:00 ../
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root  143 Aug 24 13:19 elementary.list
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root  151 Aug 24 13:19 patches.list
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root   62 Aug 24 14:18 postgres.list

    Note: The .list file for PostgreSQL may be different on your system, as it depends on how you installed the software.

  4. Now you have two options to choose from:

    1. Delete the PostgreSQL .list file:

      sudo rm -f postgres.list
    2. Comment out the repository contained in the .list file:

      sudo vi postgres.list

      Note: Feel free to use a different editor. The use of vi here is personal preference, not an explicit recommendation.

      When the file is open, add a # character to the start of every line. This will comment-out the repository.

  5. Update apt:

    sudo apt update 

Now you should see that the PostgreSQL repository is no longer part of the update collection.

  • this works!, I also remove pgadmin 4, to remove every postgres
    – Evan
    Sep 27, 2021 at 13:10

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