uninstall command (winget)

The uninstall command of the winget tool uninstalls the specified application.

The uninstall command requires that you specify the exact string to uninstall. If there is any ambiguity, you will be prompted to further filter the uninstall command to an exact application.


The following aliases are available for this command:

  • remove
  • rm


winget uninstall [[-q] \<query>] [\<options>]

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When using WinGet to uninstall a package, you may encounter a Microsoft Store agreement. This is due to the way in which WinGet queries package manifest sources. If you prefer not to have the Microsoft Store policy popup when uninstalling, you can pass in --source winget to suppress the agreement. Alternatively, you can uninstall using Start > Settings > Apps > Apps & features, finding the app you want to remove, and selecting More > Uninstall.


The following arguments are available.

Argument Description
-q,--query The query used to search for an app.


The query argument is positional. Wild-card style syntax is not supported. This is most often the string of characters you expect to help find the package you are uninstalling.


The options allow you to customize the uninstall experience to meet your needs.

Option Description
-m, --manifest Must be followed by the path to the manifest (YAML) file. You can use the manifest to run the uninstall experience from a local YAML file.
--id Limits the uninstall to the ID of the application.
--name Limits the search to the name of the application.
--moniker Limits the search to the moniker listed for the application.
--product-code Filters using the product code
-v, --version Enables you to specify an exact version to uninstall. If not specified, latest will uninstall the highest versioned application.
-s, --source Restricts the search to the source name provided. Must be followed by the source name.
-e, --exact Uses the exact string in the query, including checking for case-sensitivity. It will not use the default behavior of a substring.
--scope Select installed package scope filter (user or machine)
-i, --interactive Runs the uninstaller in interactive mode. The default experience shows uninstaller progress.
-h, --silent Runs the uninstaller in silent mode. This suppresses all UI. The default experience shows uninstaller progress.
--force Direct run the command and continue with non security related issues.
--purge Deletes all files and directories in the package directory (portable)
--preserve Retains all files and directories created by the package (portable)
-o, --log Directs the logging to a log file. You must provide a path to a file that you have the write rights to.
--header Optional Windows-Package-Manager REST source HTTP header.
--accept-source-agreements Used to accept the source license agreement, and avoid the prompt.
-?,--help Shows help about the selected command.
--wait Prompts the user to press any key before exiting.
--logs,--open-logs Open the default logs location.
--verbose, --verbose-logs Used to override the logging setting and create a verbose log.
--disable-interactivity Disable interactive prompts.

After you have successfully identified the application intended to uninstall, winget will execute the uninstall command. In the example below, the name 'orca' and the id was passed in.

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Example queries

The following example uninstalls a specific version of an application.

winget uninstall --name powertoys --version 0.15.2

The following example uninstalls an application using its ID.

winget uninstall --id "{24559D0F-481C-F3BE-8DD0-D908923A38F8}"

Multiple selections

If the query provided to winget does not result in a single application to uninstall, then winget will display multiple results. You can then use additional filters to refine the search for a correct application.

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Uninstalling apps not installed with Windows Package Manager

As mentioned in list, the winget list command will display more than just apps installed with the winget. Therefore you can use these commands to quickly and easily remove apps from your PC.

In this example, list was used to find the application, and then the id was passed in as part of uninstall.

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