Question or problem about Python programming:
Python’s easy_install makes installing new packages extremely convenient. However, as far as I can tell, it doesn’t implement the other common features of a dependency manager – listing and removing installed packages.
What is the best way of finding out what’s installed, and what is the preferred way of removing installed packages? Are there any files that need to be updated if I remove packages manually (e.g. by rm /usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/my_installed_pkg.egg or similar)?
How to solve the problem:
pip, an alternative to setuptools/easy_install, provides an “uninstall” command.
Install pip according to the installation instructions:
$ wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py $ python get-pip.py
Then you can use
pip uninstall to remove packages installed with
To uninstall an
.egg you need to
rm -rf the egg (it might be a directory) and remove the matching line from
First you have to run this command:
$ easy_install -m [PACKAGE]
It removes all dependencies of the package.
Then remove egg file of that package:
$ sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/python2.X/site-packages/[PACKAGE].egg
All the info is in the other answers, but none summarizes both your requests or seem to make things needlessly complex:
For your removal needs use:
pip uninstall <package>
For your ‘list installed packages’ needs either use:
which can output more package details.
pip install yolk)
There are several sources on the net suggesting a hack by reinstalling the package with the -m option and then just removing the .egg file in lib/ and the binaries in bin/. Also, discussion about this setuptools issue can be found on the python bug tracker as setuptools issue 21.
Edit: Added the link to the python bugtracker.