When your computer is getting full, BleachBit quickly frees disk space. When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there.
Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.
BleachBit has many useful features:
- Delete your private files so completely that “even God can’t read them” according to South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy.
- Simple operation: read the descriptions, check the boxes you want, click preview, and click delete.
- Multi-platform: Linux and Windows
- Free of charge and no money trail
- Free to share, learn, and modify (open source)
- No adware, spyware, malware, browser toolbars, or “value-added software”
- Translated to 64 languages besides American English
- 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 2500+ additional cleaners
- Frequent software updates with new features
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)
These are the changes since version 4.2.0:
- Add cleaner for Brave browser (thanks to ibilux).
- Add preference option to remember window geometry (suggested by madjoe), which means whether it was maximized and the last window size, if it was not maximized.
- Add new command line option –all-but-warning to enable all cleaners that do not emit a warning (suggested by zero77).
- Fix ResourceWarning message when cleaning Firefox URL history (reported by ancar7).
- Fix: do not clean bookmarks in Firefox (reported by TelsaMagic, fixed by rados).
- Clean the last location of the File – Save As dialog in Google Chrome(reported by arnstein99).
- Clean session for Thunderbird (thanks to pas-calc).
- Add warning when cleaning Thunderbird – Index (reported by Gittyperson).
- Fix wiping free space on FAT32 partitions with more than 4GB of available space (reported by ediowar, fixed by Marvin0401).
- Fix “About # minutes remaining” was not translatable into any language (reported by reportxx).
- Fix ResourceWarning message when downloading chaff (fixed by mkhon).
- The term Diagnostics was replaced with System Information.
Specific to Linux
- Add ability to clean the profile of the unstable version of Google Chrome (thanks to pitsi).
- Clean more with System – Recent Documents (reported by pas-calc).
- Correctly detect that Thunderbird is running (thanks to pas-calc).
- Correctly detect how much space was freed by journald (reported by leminhson2398).
- Adjust spacing so the scrollbar does not cover checkbox with some GTK themes (thanks to vilhelmgray).
- Improve AppStream metainfo (thanks to andrewtoskin).
- The GPG key used to sign the release was extended to May 2023.
Specific to Windows
- Avoid accidental installation into c:program files(x86) without subfolder, and when uninstalling, delete only the files that were installed (reported by maxhaz, fixed by rados).
- Increase speed of first start (reported by gitthepie, fixed by rados).
- Clean Code Cache folder for Google Chrome (reported by LifeIsADeflatingVest).
- Fix detection that Microsoft Edge is running (thanks to WildByDesign).
- Fix integration with Windows shell (“right click”) (fixed by rados).
- Fix handling of situation that the TMP environment does not point to a directory that exists (reported by Dilbao, fixed by rados).
- Fix TypeError: ‘int’ object is not subscriptable message when wiping files with administrator privileges (reported by Surfride10, fixed by Marvin0401).
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