Remove Default Folders in Home Directory

Daniel Weibel
Created 2 Jun 2016

Most Linux distributions have a set of default folders, such as Downloads, Documents, Music, Pictures, etc., in the home directory.

If you just delete them, they will automatically reappear. Here is how to remove the permanently.

1. Edit user-dirs File

In the following file


outcomment all the lines corresponding to the unwanted folders.

2. Update user-dirs



3. Delete the Folders

Delete the unwanted folders and all their content:

rm -rf ~/Documents ~/Downloads ~/Music  # etc.

Now they should never reappear again.