Clean your System and Free Space with BleachBit

Nowadays privacy is a big matter. You can leave traces around the web with can contain your private information. It can be very dangerous for you if this information goes in wrong hands.

BleachBit is best to use if you want to free disk space, reduce the size of backups and the time to create them by removing unnecessary files, improve system performance or prepare whole disk images for compression.


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


BleachBit goes beyond standart deletion of files. See the list below:

  • 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 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)

How To Install

Bleachbit installer is available in .deb and .rpm packages. Go to the official BleachBit download page and get the package.

If you are using a distribution which not use .deb or .rpm, or you want to compile it by yourself, you can download the source code version from this link.

If you want to install directly from terminal, run the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install bleachbit

See this video to learn more about Bleachbit.