How To Ununstall Zsh

Shell Programming

Uninstalling Zsh can be a necessary task, especially if you’re like me and enjoy customizing your development environment. While Zsh is a powerful shell with a plethora of features and plugins, there may come a time when you need to bid it farewell. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of uninstalling Zsh from your system.

Step 1: Check Current Shell

Before uninstalling Zsh, it’s important to know which shell you are currently using. I typically use the echo $SHELL command to display the path to the current shell. This ensures that I’m aware of the shell I’ll be switching back to after the uninstallation.

Step 2: Remove Oh My Zsh

If you’ve been using Oh My Zsh, it’s crucial to remove it first. Oh My Zsh is a delightful community-driven framework for managing Zsh configuration. I usually run uninstall_oh_my_zsh in the terminal to initiate the removal process.

Step 3: Uninstall Zsh

To uninstall Zsh itself, I utilize the package manager that was used to install Zsh originally. For example, if Zsh was installed via Homebrew on macOS, I execute brew uninstall zsh in the terminal. For Linux users who installed Zsh using apt, they can run sudo apt remove zsh.

Step 4: Restore Default Shell

After Zsh has been uninstalled, it’s essential to set the default shell back to the one you were using previously. I achieve this by running the command chsh -s $(which bash) to switch back to Bash, or chsh -s $(which fish) if I was using Fish shell.

Step 5: Clean Up Zsh Configurations

It’s a good practice to clean up any remaining Zsh configurations and files. This includes removing the .zshrc file from the home directory and deleting the .zsh folder if it exists.


Uninstalling Zsh may seem like a daunting task, but with the right steps, it can be a smooth process. By ensuring that the default shell is set back to the desired option and cleaning up any residual configurations, you can effectively remove Zsh from your system and proceed with your preferred shell. Whether you’re transitioning to a different shell or troubleshooting issues, these steps will help you navigate the uninstallation process with ease.