Removing Balsa from a Linux Machine

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This page is part of the Quick Start for Balsa. It tells you how to remove Balsa from a Linux Machine.

Before you you remove Balsa completely, you should back up your data from within Balsa. Once Balsa is removed, you will not be able to access the data.


  • If the machine is currently booted into Balsa, restart it into the regular Linux system:
  1. Click the button at the right of the bottom toolbar and select Restart.
  2. In the boot menu, choose a regular Linux entry, i.e., not the entry labeled Balsa on SD.
  • Once booted into the regular Linux system:
  1. Log into an account with sudo privileges.
  2. Open a terminal session (Applications > Accessories > Terminal).
  3. Type the following commands:
sudo rm /etc/grub.d/06_balsa
sudo update-grub

The next time you restart the machine, there will be no Balsa entry in the grub boot menu.

The Balsa Data

Even after Balsa has been removed from the grub boot menu, the Balsa data will still be present on the machine in the directory /balsafiles. If you are sure you have no more need for the Balsa data on this machine, you should delete this directory in a Terminal session with this command:

sudo rm -rf /balsafiles

Be extremely careful to enter this command EXACTLY as shown. Do NOT leave a space between the / and balsafiles.

If you delete the directory, and later run Balsa again, Balsa will create a new blank Balsa user account.