A lot of extensions in Joomla tend to leave behind their database entries even after un-installation. This is probably done to ensure that the extension’s data do not get wiped out completely should you choose to re-install the particular extension in future or immediately. However, circumstances may differ and you may want to re-start with a fresh installation. Learn how to remove the database entries manually after uninstalling them in Joomla.
As mentioned before, there are users who do not want the older configurations or statistics to be loaded upon the next installation. There are also users who do not intent to re-use the extension at all. The problem with this is that, you cannot start completely anew unless you remove the extension’s previous database entries manually. As for those who have no intention of re-using the extension ever again, it is probably a good practice to prune the database regularly for any unused entries or tables.
Steps to remove the database entries manually
- Login to your web-hosting control panel.
- Find and open phpMyadmin. In Cpanel, you can find it under databases.
- Login to phpMyadmin if it prompts you and select the Joomla database.
If you’re not sure which database your Joomla website uses, navigate to your Joomla root installation directory and open configuration.php and find the details.
- In phpMyadmin, find extensions from the table list and open it.
- Search the table for the extension that you wish to uninstall by typing in a part of its title.
- Select the appropriate extension and delete the entries.
Please note that if the extension that was uninstalled is a component, you’ll probably find the database entries on the main table list. In this case you do not have to enter the extensions table. So that is how you remove the database entries manually in Joomla.
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