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BleachBit 4.6.0


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 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)

BleachBit changelog:

These are the changes since version 4.4.2.

  • Clean recently-closed tabs on Firefox (reported by Luran2132).
  • Clean autofill data in Chromium-based browsers (thanks to rados).
  • Clean more of Firefox: AlternativeServices.txt.
  • Improve support for FileZilla (thanks to fbruand).
  • Support new versions of GIMP and add runtime detection (thanks to Finoway).
  • Fix AttributeError and "OperationalError: no such table" when cleaning Firefox (thanks to rados and az0).
  • Add workaround for DLL security vulnerability (reported by Daniel Hulliger, aka dhulliger).
  • Prevent opening other dialogs when making chaff (thanks to sanjaykaria).
  • Vacuum last after other operations in every language (reported by Tobias-B-Besemer, fixed by sanjaykaria).
  • Add title for dialogs.
  • Enable more strings to be translated (reported by bovirus).
  • Improve organization of --help in the CLI (thanks to abitrolly).
  • Show debug information in CLI only if --debug or --preset is set (thanks to abitrolly).
  • Fix crash when wiping free space with Brazilian Portuguese (reported by fnfontana).

Specific to Linux

  • Clean Microsoft Edge on Linux (requested by aoguang).
  • Clean Firefox and Thunderbird when installed as Flatpak (thanks to MauroGuida).
  • Clean Google Chrome as Flatpak (thanks to fbruand).
  • Clean recent documents list on KDE 5 (thanks to Martii).
  • Clean Firefox installed as a snap (thanks to rodin-ia).
  • Add shred context menu for KDE (thanks to kenrap).
  • Keep bookmark icons in Firefox (thanks to rados).
  • Keep xauth files in /tmp (reported by iromeister).
  • Fix "Permission denied: /proc/" (reported by igorog).
  • Use branded icon in application launcher (thanks to baraeerriyachy).
  • Fix detection of invalid .desktop files (thanks to kenrap).
  • Fix the error "The child memory-wiping process returned code 9." (thanks to jonas-w).
  • Notify user when running as root with Wayland (thanks to rados).
  • Fix ModuleNotFoundError (reported by hbednar).
  • Remove Windows-specific files from Linux packages, again (reported by robots4life).
  • Remove unneeded SafeConfigParser causing startup error on Python 3.12 span class="credit">(thanks to mhmdanas).
  • Add python3-psutil dependency.

Specific to Windows

  • Clean more Windows updates (reported by liar666).
  • Fix Windows redirection in Internet Explorer (reported by elgatov).
  • Fix fullscreen bug (thanks to sanjaykaria).
  • Internationalize Windows installer and translate to Italian (thanks to bovirus).
  • Add descriptions for components in installer (thanks to bovirus).
  • Do not report error when wiping path that does not exist (reported by i0629).
  • Do not show error "Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_text_view_scroll_mark_onscreen" (reported by idiowar, fixed by mkhon).
  • Allow Winapp to have drive letter followed by filename (thanks to rados).
  • Update bundled SQLite from 3.37.2 to 3.43.2.
  • Update UPX executable compressor to 4.1.0.


  • See the list of commits or list of closed issues.
  • Translation has moved from Launchpad to Weblate, which automatically commits changes via Git, which in turn triggers CI builds. This means you can download a Windows build shortly after making translation changes. Weblate also has usability improvements and features to enhance quality.
  • Install depdendency chardet on Travis (thanks to abitrolly).
  • Refactor (thanks to kenrap).
  • Clean more files with make clean.

Download: BleachBit 4.6.0 | 11.3 MB (Open Source)
Download: Portable BleachBit 4.6.0 | 12.0 MB
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