In this tutorial, we will show you how to delete the repository and GPG key on Ubuntu Linux. For those of you who didn’t know, A repository is a collection of software packages that are stored on a remote server and can be downloaded and installed on a computer. In the case of Ubuntu Linux, a repository is a collection of packages that are maintained by the Ubuntu team and made available to users of the operating system. In addition to the official repositories provided by the Ubuntu team, users can also add third-party repositories to their system. This can be useful if you want to install software that is not included in the official repositories, or if you want to use a different version of a package than the one provided by the official repositories.
A GPG (GNU Privacy Guard) key is a digital signature that is used to authenticate the identity of the person or organization that created a piece of software. In the context of Ubuntu Linux, a GPG key is used to verify the authenticity of the packages in a repository.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step remove of the repository and GPG key on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Delete Repository and GPG Key on Ubuntu
Step 1. Delete Repository on Ubuntu Linux.
First, find the repository then delete it as shown below:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
To delete a repository on Ubuntu Linux, follow these steps:
For example, if you want to remove the
my-idroot-repo repository, you would use the following command:
sudo apt remove my-idroot-repo
After completing these steps, the repository will be removed from your system. This means that you will no longer be able to install packages from that repository.
Step 2. Delete GPG Key on Ubuntu Linux.
apt-key command to add and manage the repository keys. First, let us list the added keys using the command:
sudo apt-key list
This command will list all added repository keys:
/etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/ubuntu-keyring-2022-archive.gpg ------------------------------------------------------ pub rsa4696 2022-12-16 [SC] 460B C727 8888 209C 42C8 4F93 3B4F E6AC C0B2 1F32 uid [ unknown] Ubuntu Archive Automatic Signing Key (2022) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To remove the GPG key, use the following command, replacing GPG_KEY_ID with the actual ID of the GPG key:
sudo apt-key del GPG_KEY_ID
sudo apt-key del "460B C727 8888 209C 42C8 4F93 3B4F E6AC C0B2 1F32"
Update the package list on your system to reflect the changes you just made. This can be done with the following command:
sudo apt update
After completing these steps, the GPG key will be removed from your system. This means that the packages in the repository associated with the GPG key will no longer be trusted.
Note: If the GPG key you are removing is associated with a repository, you should also remove the repository. This can be done with the
apt remove command. For more information, see the earlier explanation on repositories.
Congratulations! You have successfully deleted the repository and GPG key. Thanks for using this tutorial to remove the repository and GPG key on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the Ubuntu website.