BleachBit 3.0

BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy.

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3.8 8 votes

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 90 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 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 60 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 1200+ 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 0.9.2. 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 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
  • 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

What's New:

These are the changes since version 2.2:

  • Add ability to make chaff, an anti-forensics system. It generates novel documents inspired by 2600 Magazine or messages inspired by Hillary Clinton's publicly-released emails.
  • Add the command line option --wipe-free-space to wipe the free space in a path.
  • Add a new option to enable debug logging. Find it in the Preferences dialog or as the new command line option --debug.
  • Improve scanning speed. This could be most noticable in preview, deep scan, when deleting many small files, and during startup. In some cases, the improvement is greater than 10x. (Thanks to Paweł Polewicz.)
  • Avoid crash on startup when configuration is corrupt. (Reported by notdexterslab.)
  • Improve actual speed of application startup.
  • Improve cleaners: aMule, FileZilla, Midnight Commander, VLC, and Vuze. (Thanks to Tobias-B-Besemer.)
  • Overhaul cleaner for Thunderbird. (Bug reported by pitsi.)
  • Fix the error NameError: global name '_' is not defined.

Graphical user interface

  • Upgrade the graphical toolkit from GTK+ 2 to GTK 3. (Special thanks to Maël Lavault, Tristan Stenner, and Max Khon.)
  • Add dark mode.
  • Add a new stop button to the toolbar. (Suggested by shellaaaron.)
  • Remember the window size and position and whether it was full screen. (Suggested by BBUser.)
  • Make startup seem faster by showing the GUI while loading cleaners in background. (It's also actually faster.)
  • Make the error prettier when update check fails. (Suggested by Tobias-B-Besemer.)
  • Fix various file-encoding errors. (Thanks to Radoslav Stoyanov and others. Reported by jonfre, Tobias-B-Besemer, Mike, ediowar, and others.)
  • Reorder the delete/cancel buttons to a more logical order. (Suggested by hydrogenpi).

Specific to Linux

  • Add packages for Debian 10 and Ubuntu 19.04.
  • Improve detection that Google Chrome is running.
  • Delete VIM swap files. (Thanks to petrohs.)
  • Fix wiping FAT32 with more than 4GB free space. (Fixed by jamazi)
  • Whitelist the mount point for Flatpak. (Reported by Ub3rZ4cH.)
  • Whitelist the working directory for the Bluetooth daemon. (Reported by iromeister.)

Specific to Windows

  • Improve cleaners: Internet Explorer, Silverlight, TeamViewer, VLC, Windows Media Player, Windows Defender, WinRAR. (Thanks to Tobias-B-Besemer.)
  • Fix shredding a file marked read-only. (Reported by Tobias-B-Besemer.)
  • Update shipped dependencies: Python, gettext, SQLite, and GTK.
  • Drop support for Windows XP.


  • Do you use GPG? I have a new key for signing releases.
  • You can now donate using GitHub sponsors. In the first year, they match your donation and don't charge processing fees! (There are still other ways to donate including PayPal, credit card, and Bitcoin.)
  • Did you know, the first BleachBit release was December 2008, almost 11 years ago?


  • Packagers: please note multiple changes in dependencies and installed files.
  • Add search="" to delete the top directory and all its contents. It is equivalent to search="walk.all" to delete the contents (files and directories) followed by search="file" to delete the empty top directory.
  • Add the multi-value variable $$ProgramFiles$$, which expands to %ProgramFiles% and %ProgramW6432$%.

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