How to Remove Squid on CentOS 6.3

There could be several reasons why you might want to remove Squid from your CentOS 6.3 system:

  1. No longer needed: You may have installed Squid for a specific purpose or project, and it is no longer required. In such cases, it is a good practice to remove unused software to reduce potential security risks and save system resources.
  2. Switching to an alternative proxy server: If you decide to switch to a different proxy server solution, it is necessary to remove Squid before installing the new software to avoid conflicts and ensure a clean setup.
  3. Troubleshooting: In some cases, you might face issues with the Squid configuration or encounter errors that are difficult to resolve. Uninstalling and reinstalling Squid can sometimes help fix these problems by starting with a fresh configuration.
  4. Upgrading to a newer version or different distribution: If you plan to upgrade your CentOS system or migrate to another Linux distribution, you might want to remove Squid before proceeding to ensure a smooth transition.
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To remove Squid proxy server on CentOS 6.3, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Stop the Squid Service

Before uninstalling Squid, ensure that the service is stopped. To stop the Squid service, execute the following command:

sudo service squid stop

Step 2: Remove Squid Package

Now that the Squid service is stopped, you can proceed to remove the Squid package. To do so, use the yum package manager with the following command:

sudo yum remove squid

This command will uninstall Squid and its associated dependencies. Confirm the removal when prompted.

[root@centos63 ~]# yum remove squid -y
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, presto
Setting up Remove Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package squid.i686 7:3.1.10-1.el6_2.4 will be erased
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package         Arch           Version                       Repository                       Size
 squid           i686           7:3.1.10-1.el6_2.4            @CentOS6.3-Repository           5.7 M

Transaction Summary
Remove        1 Package(s)

Installed size: 5.7 M
Downloading Packages:
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Erasing    : 7:squid-3.1.10-1.el6_2.4.i686                                                    1/1
  Verifying  : 7:squid-3.1.10-1.el6_2.4.i686                                                    1/1

  squid.i686 7:3.1.10-1.el6_2.4


Step 3: Delete Squid Configuration and Cache Files

After uninstalling Squid, it is recommended to delete any remaining configuration and cache files. These files are typically located in the /etc/squid/ and /var/spool/squid/ directories. To delete these files, use the following commands:

sudo rm -rf /etc/squid/
sudo rm -rf /var/spool/squid/


You have successfully removed Squid proxy server from your CentOS 6.3 system. If you decide to reinstall Squid in the future, you will need to start from scratch with a fresh configuration.

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Commands Mentioned:

  • sudo service squid stop – Stop the Squid service.
  • sudo yum remove squid – Uninstall the Squid package using the YUM package manager.
  • sudo rm -rf /etc/squid/ – Delete the Squid configuration files directory.
  • sudo rm -rf /var/spool/squid/ – Delete the Squid cache files directory.


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