BleachBit is a free and open source utility which will help you get rid of those files which clutter up your hard drive and threaten your privacy. It also includes advanced features to shred files and clean disk space to prevent file recovery.
BleachBit was developed for GNU/Linux and Windows and can :
- Free cache,
- Delete cookies, Clear Internet history,
- Shred temporary files,
- Delete logs and hidden files,
- Clean 90 applications including : Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari …
BleachBit in screenshots
BleachBit has many useful features designed to help you easily clean your computer to free space and maintain privacy.
- Simple operation : read the descriptions, check the boxes you want, click preview, and click delete,
- Multi-platform : Linux & Windows,
- Free of charge,
- Free to share, learn, and modify (open source),
- Free of adware, spyware, and malware,
- Translated to 43 languages : Arabic, Asturian, Belarusian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Low German, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Tamil, Thai and Turkish.
- Shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery,
- Shred any file (such as a spreadsheet on your desktop),
- Overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files,
- Portable app for Windows: run without installation,
- Command line interface for scripting and automation,
- CleanerML allows anyone to write a new cleaner using XML,
- Import winapp2.ini cleaner files (a separate download) giving Windows users access to 440 additional cleaners,
- Frequent software updates with new features.
Use BleachBit to :
- Free disk space
- Reduce the size of backups and the time to create them by removing unnecessary files
- Maintain privacy
- Improve system performance (by vacuuming the Firefox database, for example)
- Prepare whole disk images for compression (common for “ghost” backups and virtual machines) by wiping free disk space
BleachBit includes a growing list of cleaners. Typically each cleaner represents an application such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. Within each cleaner, BleachBit gives options covering components that can be cleaned such as cache, cookies, and log files. Each option is given a description to help you make good decisions.
The following are a list of cleaners available in BleachBit 0.8.5. You should be able to see a list of options by hovering your most over the cleaner name.
Going beyond standard deletion of files, BleachBit has several advanced cleaners:
- Clear the memory and swap on Linux,
- Delete broken shortcuts on Linux,
- Delete the Firefox version 3 URL history without deleting the whole file—with optional shredding,
- Delete Linux localizations: delete languages you don’t use. More powerful than localepurge and available on more Linux distributions.
- Clean APT for Debian, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Linux Mint,
- Find widely-scatted junk such as Thumbs.db and .DS_Store files.
- Execute yum clean for CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat to remove cached package data,
- Delete Windows registry keys—often where MRU (most recently used) lists are stored,
- Delete the OpenOffice.org recent documents list without deleting the whole Common.xcu file,
- Overwrite free disk space to hide previously files,
- Vacuum Firefox, Google, Liferea, Thunderbird, and Yum databases: shrink files without removing data to save space and improve speed,
- Surgically remove private information from .ini and JSON configuration files with deleting the whole file.