Features

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 and Windows
  • Free of charge
  • Free to share, learn, and modify (open source)
  • No adware, spyware, malware, or browser toolbars
  • Translated to 61 languages
  • 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
  • Automatically import and update winapp2.ini cleaner files (a separate download) giving Windows users access to 1700+ additional cleaners
  • Frequent software updates with new features

Uses

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

Cleaners

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 0.9.2. You should be able to see a list of options by hovering your mouse over the cleaner name.

  • Adanaxis
  • Adobe Reader
  • aMSN
  • aMule
  • APT
  • Audacious
  • Bash
  • Beagle
  • Chromium
  • Downloader for X
  • Deep scan
  • Easytag
  • ELinks
  • emesene
  • Epiphany
  • Evolution
  • Exaile
  • Filezilla
  • Firefox
  • Flash
  • gedit
  • gFTP
  • GIMP
  • GL-117
  • GNOME
  • GNOME Art
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth
  • Google Toolbar
  • gPodder
  • Gwenview
  • Hippo OpenSim Viewer
  • Internet Explorer
  • Java
  • KDE
  • Konqueror
  • LibreOffice
  • Liferea
  • Links 2
  • LiVES
  • Metacity
  • Microsoft Office
  • Midnight Commander
  • Miro
  • MySQL
  • Nautilus
  • Nexuiz
  • Notify OSD
  • OpenOffice.org
  • Opera
  • Paint
  • PDFedit
  • Phatch
  • Pidgin
  • PlayOnLinux
  • RealPlayer
  • Recoll
  • Rhythmbox
  • Safari
  • Screenlets
  • SeaMonkey
  • Second Life Viewer
  • Silverlight
  • Skype
  • sqlite3
  • System logs
  • System
  • TeamViewer
  • Thumbnails
  • Thunderbird
  • TortoiseSVN
  • Transmission
  • Tremulous
  • VIM
  • Virt-Manager
  • VLC media player
  • Vuze / Azureus
  • The Battle for Wesnoth
  • Winamp
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Explorer
  • Windows Media Player
  • WINE
  • winetricks
  • WinRAR
  • WinZip
  • WordPad
  • X11
  • XBMC Media Center
  • XChat
  • Xfce
  • Xine
  • X-Moto
  • Yahoo! Messenger
  • yum
  • Zsh

Add 1200+ cleaners by using winapp2.ini (Windows only).

Advanced cleaners

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 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-scattered 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 Chrome, 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 and SQLite3 databases without deleting the whole file
  • Overwrite data in SQLite3 before deleting it to prevent recovery (optional)

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