BleachBit – Cleans unnecessary files to free disk space and maintain privacy

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BleachBit deletes unnecessary files to free valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove junk. Rid your system of old clutter including cache, temporary files, cookies, and broken shortcuts. Designed for Linux systems, it wipes clean Bash, Beagle, Epiphany, Firefox, Flash, Java, KDE,, Opera, RealPlayer, rpmbuild, VIM, XChat, and more.
Install BleachBit in Ubuntu

Download the .deb package from here or use the following command


Now you have bleachbit_0.2.0-1_all_ubuntu810.deb package.Install this .deb package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i bleachbit_0.2.0-1_all_ubuntu810.deb

This will complete the installation.


You download this .deb file in your desktop and double click to install.

Using BleachBit

If you want to open go to Applications--->Accessories--->BleachBit

Once you open first time you should see similar to the following screen click yes

Now you can see BleachBit screen as follows

Now you need to select which files you want to clean from left hand menu

Confirm your delection

Your selected files deleted

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31 Responses

  1. Miladinoski says:

    Wow wow wow,thanks a lot, I’ve been looking for something like this for quite a while, and now I’m happy I subscribed to your RSS feed 😉

  2. obscur156 says:

    Using it since day 1 and i like it.Its nice ,simple,and fast.Stay tune cause a lot new Exciting features are coming in future releases.At least its easy to clean my system for a newbie like me in ubuntu.
    Regards 😉

  3. Ben says:

    Why does it need its own software update. That’s not cool.

  4. Andrew says:

    It actually removed almost 3GB of junk on my machine. Kudos to this software.

  5. obscur156 says:


    Software update because its a brand new app that will be updated with new exciting feature in futur release,as easy as that.So i dont know why software are not cool…

  6. obscur156 says:


    Software update because its a brand new app that will be updated with new exciting feature in futur release,as easy as that.So i dont know why software update are not cool…

  7. geek says:

    yeah why it need its own software update.

  8. Bill says:

    I just checked the ones that I saw checked in the diagram. Andrew did you check the others. Was a little worried about that.

  9. Andrew says:

    I somewhat haphazardly checked everything except the bash history and some Firefox stuff I know I needed (like bookmarks, etc). Haven’t noticed any negative effects yet.

  10. Andrew Ziem says:

    UbuntuGeek: Thanks for the article! A major new release 0.3.0 is almost ready, and the GUI changed a bit. 🙂

    Readers: A newer version 0.2.1 was release about a week ago. You can get it from the BleachBit web site.

    Ben: It doesn’t update the software, it only notifies you of an update (like One reason for the notification is that as a very new application, it isn’t in the repositories of most distributions. However, it has recently been added to Ubuntu 9.04.

  11. Bill says:

    Andrew awesome thank you very very much.

  12. RowdyPants says:

    Should be:


  13. arkashkin says:

    It has removed about 250mb for me…..

  14. obscur156 says:

    I just installed Jaunty jackalope 9.04 with ext4 file system last night.Installed all my apps and of course Bleachbit from the repo and launched it = 350 MB of junk cleaned after a clean install.
    Nice job Andrew,cant wait for the next release body.
    Thanks again for your hard work,Regards.

  15. Bill Bourgeois says:

    It did seem to clean the history in Firefox

  16. Bill Bourgeois says:

    It did NOT seem to clean the history in Firefox..

    Failed to clean History

  17. Andrew Ziem says:

    Yes, there is a bug in 0.2.1. 🙁 It’s already fixed for 0.3.0, which is 97% ready to be released.

  18. Shantanu says:

    Thanks a zillion. I have a tiny hard disk and so i constantly run out of space. Thanks for freeing precious 500mb. Can anyone tell me why my HD space decreases automatically, without installing or copying anything at all?

  19. emarkay says:

    BB 0.6.3 as found in the Ubuntu repositories. I am beta testing Karmic. I notice it did not clear .bash_history and the history of “Places > Search for Files > Name Contains”. Can you investigate? Thanks.

  20. Andrew Ziem says:


    The BleachBit version in the Ubuntu repositories is basically frozen because of a Ubuntu policy. Please test the latest version from (.debs available), and if the problem persists, report a bug here

    Also, I am not sure what you mean by “history of “Places > Search for Files > Name Contains””

  21. emarkay says:

    In Ubuntu, go to top, click on “Places”. 2nd from the bottom is “Search for Files. Click there and the open field at the top is called “Name contains”. If you click the “arrow” on the right side, presuming there have been searches before, the prior search terms will appear.

    I will get the latest version and test it out tomorrow. Thanks.

  22. Andrew Ziem says:

    I see what you mean. That will be in the next release. may not wanting us using these comments as a general support forum and a place to request features, so let’s continue somewhere else.

  23. Kejenne says:

    Hi guys!

    My problem: I opened up the deb package and I have an error which reads:

    Dependency is not satisfiable: menu

    I am running eeeBuntu 8.1 (Intrepid) installed on my mini-Asus and have tried installing BB for the simple fact that a mini laptop gets full of temporary files etc rather quickly.

    I am no techie or programme bof unfortunately, but I can manage command prompts in a terminal, so if you can help me I would truly appreciate it!

  24. Julia says:

    I’m a total Ubuntu whitebelt and was having a lot of trouble with low diskspace but made an inquiry about it on Google, came across your program and, well, thank you. ^_^

  25. skary says:

    you can also just open up the synaptic package manager and check install. it’s easier than downloading and installing. almost every app can be found in there.

  26. Kejenne says:

    Thank you and I did try it:

    New error occured:

    E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

  27. Duane says:


  28. It’s in the repository now.
    This will do it:
    sudo apt-get install bleachbit

  29. Brandon says:

    Does running ‘sudo bleachbit’ from my administrator account also clean all other ‘Desktop user’ accounts? I presume all other administrator accounts are unaffected?

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