Archives For November 30, 1999

Free open-source system cleaning tool BleachBit 4.0.0 was released a few days ago. Now it’s running on Python 3 instead of Python 2.

Changes in BleachBit 4.0.0 include:

  • Add cleaner for Discord.
  • Clean more of Google Chrome: IndexDB.
  • Clean more of Firefox: cookies, history.
  • Clean much more of Opera.
  • Clean much more of gPodder.
  • Improve responsiveness of application window while cleaning.
  • Fix cleaning VLC.
  • Support for Python 3.
  • Clean dnf autoremove
  • Other improvements and many bug-fixes.

Install BleachBit 4.0.0 in Ubuntu:

While BleachBit in Ubuntu universe repositories is old. You can download the latest version from the link below:

Grab the .deb for your Ubuntu edition, Ubuntu 20.04 is not supported at the moment, then click install via Ubuntu Software or Gdebi.

Looking for a computer cleaning software? Well, BleachBit is the best free and open source cleaner for Linux desktop.

BleachBit was originally designed for GNU/Linux to free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there. It’s the best Linux alternative to Windows’ CCleaner.

BleachBit is started in 2008, it’s written in Python and uses PyGTK. Since version 0.5.0, it added support for Windows XP, 7, and 8.


  • Simple operation: read the descriptions, check the boxes you want, click preview, and click delete.
  • Multi-platform: Linux and Windows
  • Free of charge
  • Free to share, learn, and modify (open source)
  • No adware, spyware, malware, or browser toolbars
  • Translated to 61 languages
  • 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 1700+ additional cleaners
  • Frequent software updates with new features

Download & Install BleachBit:

1. For Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, you can always download the latest installer from its website:

Download BleachBit for Linux

2. For Ubuntu, select download the package matches your release version. The package is a .deb file.

3. To install it, double click to open the .deb file with Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

Once installed, start the cleaner from Unity Dash. You can change the language from its Preferences window. Enjoy!

BleachBit, the disk space cleaner & privacy manager recently released version 1.0. It makes it easier to shred any file; adds three cleaners; improves cleaners for Google Chrome and Adobe Flash; has a digitally signed installer for Windows; and more.

These are the changes since version 0.9.6:

  • The command line option –shred now shreds arbitrary files.
  • Add Octave cleaner
  • Add Warzone 2100 cleaner
  • Clean recently played in VLC (thanks to nolme/Vincent DUVERNET – Nolmë Informatique)
  • Google Chrome: Fix errors “Favicons is version 26” and “DatabaseError: no such column: full_path”
  • Google Chrome: delete more cache
  • Remove auto-hide option. (Before, it was a default.)
  • Specific to Linux
    • Coming soon: .deb package for Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander).
    • Coming soon: .rpm package for openSUSE 11.4.
    • Add SQLite3 cleaner
    • Adobe Flash: clean NativeCache
  • Specific to Windows
    • The BleachBit executable and Windows installer are cryptographically signed, so you are sure no one has tampered with them. Windows should NOT give you the unknown publisher warning.
    • Register verb (shortcut menu item) for shredding files.

    • When updating winapp2.ini, automatically load changes without GUI restart
    • Delete more system logs
    • Clean more Adobe Flash
    • Fix error “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process” when cleaning .ini with overwrite.

For more details, see official announcement.

For Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, OpenSuse, Fedora, Debian, CentOS installers and Windows EXE are available in official download page.