How to use PIP to Uninstall a Package in Python

In this short tutorial, I’ll show you how to use PIP to uninstall a package in Python. I’ll use a simple example to uninstall the pandas package.

But before we begin, here is the generic form that you can use to uninstall a package in Python:

 

pip uninstall package name

 

Now, let’s suppose that you already installed the pandas package using the PIP install method, but now you decided that you no longer need that package.

So how would you remove the package?

In the next section, I’ll show you the steps in Windows to remove a package from Python.

Steps to use PIP to Uninstall a Package in Python

 

(1) First, type Command Prompt in the Windows Search Box:

 

Windows Search Box

 

(2) Right click on the Command Prompt, and then select Run as administrator (by running the Command Prompt as an administrator, you’ll avoid any permission issues):

 

Right click on the Command Prompt

 

(3) In the Command Prompt, type “cd\” as this command will ensure that your starting point has only the drive name:

 

Admin command prompt

 

(4) Press Enter. Now you’ll see the drive name C:\>

 

Administrator command prompt

 

(5) Locate your Python Scripts path. The Scripts folder can be found within the Python application folder, where you originally installed Python.

In my case, the Python Scripts path is:

C:\Users\doron\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python37\Scripts

 

Python Scripts Path

 

In the Command Prompt, type cd followed by your Python Scripts path:

 

Python Scripts

 

(6) Press Enter, and you’ll see the following:

 

scripts

 

(7) Finally, to uninstall the package in Python, use the command structure that we saw before:

 

pip uninstall package name

 

And for our example, type: pip uninstall pandas and then press Enter:

 

How to Uninstall a Package in Python using PIP

 

To proceed with the removal of the package, type y and then press Enter:

 

Uninstall a Package using PIP

 

Your Python package will now be removed from Python.

What if you changed your mind, and decided to install that package again?

If that’s the case, you may use the PIP install method to add the package into Python.