Remove gcc from Ubuntu

I want to completely remove gcc from Ubuntu. I am using gcc 4.9 which happens to be the latest version.

How can I remove it completely from my system?

Asked By: Noober

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There is one thing (thank you @kos):

I definitely wouldn’t remove gcc in general, but if I had to I
wouldn’t do it this way: this will remove also build-essential
and hence make; for one, if you have the nVidia > drivers installed it will remove those as well, since they
depend on make, plus who knows what other stuff.

With other words, know what you do. 😉


If you only need a reinstall, use

sudo apt-get install --reinstall gcc-4.9

If you really, really need to remove gcc-4.9, use this short and dangerous command:

sudo apt-get purge gcc-4.9
Answered By: A.B.

use below command , –purge remove option is equivalent to purge

sudo apt-get --purge remove gcc-4.9

according apt-get manual:

--purge
   Use purge instead of remove for anything that would be removed. An
   asterisk ("*") will be displayed next to packages which are
   scheduled to be purged.  remove --purge is equivalent to the purge
   command. Configuration Item: APT::Get::Purge.
Answered By: pl_rock