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.


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