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How to properly uninstall Sickbeard on Ubuntu Linux?

We have extensively covered how to install Sick Beard on various platforms but how do you properly uninstall SickBeard on Ubuntu system? This is a question that has been asked a few times and so here is the guide. This Sick Beard uninstall guide will work irrespective of whether you used our Sick Beard Ubuntu installation guide or the easier Atomic SickBeard installer. So let us see how to uninstall SickBeard on Ubuntu. [Read: Video: Install SickBeard on Ubuntu 14.04 in one step]

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Uninstall SickBeard on Ubuntu

While the method described below is for Ubuntu, you should be able to use it to uninstall Sick Beard on other Debian or Ubuntu based Linux distributions. The key is to have SickBeard files installed in your home folder under .sickbeard. This is what our SickBeard install guides do. If yours is installed in another folder, don’t worry just change the path in the steps below and you should be able to remove SickBeard completely. [Read: Install Sick Beard with Piratebay torrent support on Ubuntu]

1. Stop SickBeard

First open terminal and stop any running Sick Beard instance with the following command:

sudo service sickbeard stop

Then ensure that Sickbeard is stopped:

sudo service sickbeard status

You should see an output like this * sickbeard is not running. [Read: 5 Best Usenet Search providers for Sick Beard and CouchPotato]

2. Remove SickBeard Autostart Entry

If you have your SickBeard install to autostart on boot, then remove it with the following command:

sudo update-rc.d -f sickbeard remove

You should see an output that looks similar to the one below:

Removing any system startup links for /etc/init.d/sickbeard ...

3. Delete SickBeard Startup Scripts

While this is optional, you may want to remove the two scripts below for complete SickBeard uninstall.

sudo rm /etc/default/sickbeard
sudo rm /etc/init.d/sickbeard

Uninstalling SickBeard on Ubuntu and other similar systems is very easy and running the above steps should proceed without any problems as shown in the screenshot below.

Uninstall SickBeard on Ubuntu
Uninstall SickBeard on Ubuntu

4. Remove Sick Beard Files

This again is optional. Following this step will remove all Sick Beard files including the database and settings. If you want to reinstall SickBeard at a later date you will have to configure Sick Beard and scan your database from scratch. [Read: SickBeard alternative: NzbDrone vs SickBeard]

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If you followed our installation guides and all the above steps worked without any issues then you may delete SickBeard Files using the commands below:

cd ~
sudo rm -r .sickbeard

Again, this assumes that your SickBeard files are located inside .sickbeard directory in your home folder. You may use ls -al command to verify this or change the path if you already know the location.

Sometimes it is necessary, especially if you are setting up your system, to uninstall Sick Beard and start over from scratch. Or you may want to move to a SickBeard Alternative such as NzbDrone. Either way, the above method should help you uninstall SickBeard on Ubuntu and other similar Linux distros.

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Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.