BleachBit 1.0

BleachBit 1.0 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.


June 8, 2014: BleachBit 1.2 has been released.

BleachBit version 1.0 is available today. Rather than a marketing gimmick or a sign of a quantum leap in features, it is a mark of maturity. The first BleachBit was released five years ago on December 24, 2008, and much has changed since then.

In 2008 Linux did not have a user-friendly way to clean system junk in dozens of applications. On any system there was no easy way to vacuum Firefox, and there was no open-source system cleaner. In 2008 cleaner definitions in winapp2.ini were available only through a proprietary, closed-source system. Like BleachBit, December 2008 Google Chrome just released its first stable release.

Since 2008, there have been millions of downloads of BleachBit, but it's hard to count because so many Windows download sites and Linux distributions carry BleachBit. BleachBit is trusted world wide and translated to 62 languages. (Try naming 20 languages!)

Even today BleachBit stands apart. Other system cleaners hide their code: BleachBit is the only audit-able cleaner. Also, no other cleaner offers a powerful, open way for writing and sharing cleaners like CleanerML. And even though there are bills to pay, BleachBit never installs any toolbars, adware, spyware, or other junk.

Today we live in a different world. In 2008 there were two years between the releases of Firefox versions 2 and 3, but now Google Chrome and Firefox are racing to version 100. In 2008 people were not aware of the massive, sophisticated government surveillance recently leaked by Edward Snowden, but today the news headlines remind us daily that someone is watching and make us wonder how far it all really goes.

Now it is time for BleachBit version 1.0, so please join me in celebrating this milestone and looking forward to the next five years.


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. BleachBit 1.0 Windows 8 User Access Control verified publisher
    • Register verb (shortcut menu item) for shredding files.
      BleachBit 1.0 Windows 8 shred verb
    • 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.


  • Update Arabic thanks to kabdelhady and Ahmad Gharbeia أحمد غربية.
  • Update Brazilian Portuguese thanks to Celio Alves and Rafael Neri.
  • Update Bulgarian thanks to Atanas Kovachki.
  • Update Chinese (Traditional) thanks to Pin-hsien and taijuin lee.
  • Update Croatian thanks to freedomrun.
  • Update Dutch thanks to rob.
  • Update English (United Kingdom) thanks to Anthony Harrington.
  • Update Finnish thanks to Jiri Grönroos.
  • Update Galician thanks to Miguel Anxo Bouzada.
  • Update German thanks to Daniel Winzen.
  • Update Hebrew thanks to Yaron.
  • Update Indonesian thanks to Trisno Pamuji.
  • Update Italian thanks to Carml and Claudio Arseni.
  • Update Malay thanks to abuyop.
  • Update Polish thanks to Paweł Szerszon.
  • Update Russian thanks to Aleksey Kabanov.
  • Update Slovak thanks to Eduard Hummel.
  • Update Slovenian thanks to Matej Urbančič and Štefan Baebler.
  • Update Spanish thanks to Adolfo Jayme Barrientos and Nicolás Pierin.
  • Update Turkish thanks to Volkan Gezer and Yusuf Kayan.
  • Update Ukrainian thanks to Stuartlittle1970.

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Known issues

There are some issues with "wipe free disk space" which are being addressed for the next release of BleachBit. Naturally the wiping process is slow, and when BleachBit 1.0 is in the final phase, it may seem unresponsive for a long while. If BleachBit 1.0 is aborted while wiping free disk space, a few large files or many empty files may be left behind (depending on the phase). These files are in the directory specified for wiping and may be safely deleted. Deleting these files (like with the rm -rf command) can also be very slow, so please be patient.

If you often use "wipe free disk space," considering using a cryptographic file system like TrueCrypt, which is more effective and efficient.

These issues are resolved in BleachBit 1.1 beta.

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