BleachBit 2.1 Beta

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)

BleachBit 2.1 Beta changelog:

Tests

  • These tests are for both Windows and Linux.
  • Click Help - System Information, and there should be a line that starts Git revision.
  • Open your operating system's file browser, and copy some files (that you don't need) to the clipboard. In BleachBit, click File - Shred Paths from Clipboard.
  • Test the following cleaners that had major changes: Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Firefox, Waterfox.
  • Clean non-default profiles in Firefox
  • Use the command line option --wipe-free-space.

Windows

  • Clean SmartFTP.
  • Click File - Shred Files, and select many files at once (see #348).
  • Make a symlink to a folder with files. Delete the symlink, leaving the folder not needed. Use BleachBit to clean the recycle bin. Verify the files are not deleted.
  • Shred a file on a remote system, such as NAS (see #338).
  • Test installation as an upgrade from BleachBit 2.0 and as a fresh installation.
  • Test both installer options: install for all users, and install for just the current user.
  • Test uninstallation in both cases: all users and current user.
  • Disable automatic updates for winapp2.ini. Replace the winapp2.ini that is automatically downloaded with the unmodified version from winapp2.com. Start BleachBit and close it, and verify there are no errors. New cleaners may be detected.

Linux

  • Run a deep scan. (Preview is sufficient.) Verify there are no errors.
  • Clean memory on a system with a swap partition greater than 16 GiB.
  • Run BleachBit without X, such as in cron.
  • Test new distributions: Fedora 28 and Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10.

For a list of changes see the commit log, Launchpad bug tracker, and GitHub bug tracker.