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Uninstall Netdata

⚠️ If you're having trouble updating Netdata, moving from one installation method to another, or generally having issues with your Netdata Agent installation, consider our reinstall Netdata doc instead of removing the Netdata Agent entirely.

The recommended method to uninstall Netdata on a system is to use our kickstart installer script with the --uninstall option like so:

wget -O /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh https://my-netdata.io/kickstart.sh && sh /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh --uninstall

Or (if you have curl but not wget):

curl https://my-netdata.io/kickstart.sh > /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh && sh /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sha --uninstall

This will work in most cases without you needing to do anything more other than accepting removal of configuration and data files. You can confirm whether this approach will work for you by adding --dry-run to the list of options. If that produces a line with a message like Would attempt to uninstall existing install, then this method will work on your system.

If you used a non-standard installation prefix, you may need to specify that prefix using the --old-install-prefix option when uninstalling this way.

Unofficial installs

If you used a third-party package to install Netdata, then the above method will usually not work, and you will need to use whatever mechanism you used to originally install Netdata to uninstall it.

Uninstalling manually

Most official installs of Netdata include an uninstaller script that can be manually invoked instead of using the kickstart script (internally, the kickstart script also uses this uninstaller script, it just handles the process outlined below for you).

This uninstaller script is self-contained other than requiring a .environment file that was generated during installation. In most cases, this will be found in /etc/netdata/.environment, though if you used a non-standard installation prefix it will usually be located in a similar place under that prefix.

A workflow for uninstallation looks like this:

  1. Find your .environment file, which is usually /etc/netdata/.environment in a default installation.
  2. If you cannot find that file and would like to uninstall Netdata, then create a new file with the following content:
NETDATA_PREFIX="<installation prefix>"   # put what you used as a parameter to shell installed `--install` flag. Otherwise it should be empty
NETDATA_ADDED_TO_GROUPS="<additional groups>" # Additional groups for a user running the Netdata process
  1. Run netdata-uninstaller.sh as follows

    3.1 Interactive mode (Default)

    The default mode in the uninstaller script is interactive. This means that the script provides you the option to reply with "yes" (y/Y) or "no" (n/N) to control the removal of each Netdata asset in the filesystem.

    ${NETDATA_PREFIX}/usr/libexec/netdata/netdata-uninstaller.sh --yes --env <environment_file>

    3.2 Non-interactive mode

    If you are sure and you know what you are doing, you can speed up the removal of the Netdata assets from the filesystem without any questions by using the force option (-f/--force). This option will remove all the Netdata assets in a non-interactive mode.

    ${NETDATA_PREFIX}/usr/libexec/netdata/netdata-uninstaller.sh --yes --force --env <environment_file>

Note: Existing installations may still need to download the file if it's not present. To execute uninstall in that case, run the following commands:

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/netdata/netdata/master/packaging/installer/netdata-uninstaller.sh
chmod +x ./netdata-uninstaller.sh
./netdata-uninstaller.sh --yes --env <environment_file>

The default environment_file is /etc/netdata/.environment.

Note: This uninstallation method assumes previous installation with netdata-installer.sh or the kickstart script. Using it when Netdata was installed in some other way will usually not work correctly, and may make it harder to uninstall Netdata.

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