BleachBit

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 4.1.1.1770 Beta changelog:

For a list of changes see the commit log and GitHub bug tracker. These include changes listed in BleachBit 4.1.0 beta.

Tests

  • Clean Slack (messenger).
  • Clean Pale Moon.
  • Clean Zoom.
  • In Firefox, clean a bookmarked site. Then clean Firefox history, and verify the history (for the bookmarked site) is gone (issue 939) but bookmark icons remain.
  • Use the menu command "shred settings and quit," and you should not get the AttributeError error (issue 881).
  • Generate chaff files using the Hillary Clinton model, open a few generated emails, and verify they are plain text instead of base64 encoded (issue 995).
  • Install a LibreOffice extension, use BleachBit to clean all of LibreOffice, and verify the extension is still installed (issue 913).

Linux

  • In the BleachBit preferences, switch themes. There should be no KeyError message (issue 880).
  • Using Python 3.8 (e.g., Ubuntu 20.04), start BleachBit, and you should not get a SyntaxWarning message (issue 902).
  • Maximize the application window, and you should not get a loop of messages (issue 925).
  • Clean Chromium when installed as a snap package (issue 1005).
  • On older Linux distribution with GTK older than 3.22 (e.g., Ubuntu 16.04) click menu – help – open browser. Verify there is no AttributeError in the console issue 915.
  • Test new packages for Fedora 32 and 33.
  • Test new packages for Ubuntu 20.04.
  • Ubuntu 20.10 users (Groovy Gorilla): there will soon be a package for Gorilla. Until then, use the 20.04 deb package.
  • (Fedora) Run dnf autoclean, and verify there is no error.
  • (Fedora) Run dnf autoremove, and verify there is no error (issue 983, issue 1001).

Windows

  • Start the application, and verify that all text is not replaced with empty rectangles (issue 901).
  • Wipe free space, and you should not get an OSError message (issue 906).
  • Clean Google Chrome, and you should not get a UnicodeDecodeError message (issue 890).
  • Clean the special files such as Windows logs, and you should not get an error message starting TypeError: ord() (issue 875) or access denied (issue 337).
  • In the start menu, the applications should have icons (issue 942).
  • bleachbit.exe should have a version in its file metadata (issue 879).
  • Open BleachBit's about dialog and click the "website" link, and it should open (issue 918).
  • Using BleachBit portable mode, download winapp2.ini and the chaff models (by using the chaff function). Then, use "shred settings and quit." Verify the winapp2.ini file and the three chaff models (.json.bz2) were deleted (issue 637).
  • After closing BleachBit, verify there are no gdbus-nonce-file files under %TEMP% (issue 858).

Download: BleachBit 4.1.1.1770 Beta | 11.5 MB (Open Source)
Download: Portable 4.1.1.1770 Beta | 12.2 MB
View: BleachBit Home page

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