BleachBit is a CCleaner like free system cleaning utility for Linux

Most of you who have used Microsoft Windows at least for sometime would have come across a immensely popular utility ‘Ccleaner’. This free program is a Windows cleansing tool that gets rid of unwanted system files and temporary files created by Windows and applications. It is one of the best way to recover lost hard disk space. Linux doesn’t generate as much temporary files as Windows, but it is a good practice to delete the unwanted files periodically for a light-weight and efficient experience.

One of the best programs I have been using on my elementary OS Linux is ‘BleachBit’. It is powerful and free utility that should be able to recover all the lost space. The program is available for pretty much all OS including Windows and you can download for your OS here.

Since this blog is all about Debian based distros, I will focus on installing the BleachBit on elementary OS, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint.

Launch ‘Terminal’ and use apt-get to install BleachBit.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bleachbit

After installation is complete, go to “Applications”, type ‘BleachBit’ and select the one with root access so that you can clean system files.

In the program’s interface, check the boxes where you want to clean the system. There is APT clean, Bash clean, Internet Browser clean, Deep scan, and more depending on what additional programs you have installed on your computer. It supports cleaning of popular Internet browsers like Chromium, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

After selecting the options, click on the scan and find icon on the top left of the user interface. and you should be done with cleaning in a jiffy.


Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!



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