A GUI Tool to Remove Unused Packages in Ubuntu Linux – GtkOrphan

While isolating and removing software libraries that are no longer in use in Ubuntu (all at once) we can do it by using a single command. But that command just removes all those packages at once rather than giving us the ability to remove only selected ones.

Luckily though there is an another similar tool called “Deborphan” and it does exactly that. But that’s too based on the command-line rather than a GUI. In that case you can use GtkOrphan as it gives you a GUI and it is based on the ‘Deborphan’ utility.

Main features…

*. Once you open it it’ll scan and will show the ‘orphaned’ packages.


*. View packages in categories (Ruby, Dummy, Python etc).

*. Show basic information about packages (Name, description, dependencies etc).


*. Also shows a list of non-orphaned packages as well.


*. And lastly, you can use it to remove those package “leftovers”, individually or altogether.


You can install GtkOrphan in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by typing the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install gtkorphan

So if you have a bit “messy” Ubuntu OS after installing app after app and wanna do a bit of a cleanup with ease, then GtkOrphan will come in handy. But since this is about removing packages, use it with caution. Good luck.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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