BleachBit 4.4.0

We are pleased to announce BleachBit 4.4.0 with a cleaner for Brave, faster startup, Google Chrome enhancements, a new command line option, many fixes, and more..

Thank you to all the code contributors, testers and bug reporters, translators, and financial contributors that made this release possible! Now donations through GitHub Sponsors are not charged any fees, so your donations go further.


November 13, 2021: BleachBit 4.4.2 has been released.


These are the changes since version 4.2.0:

  • Add cleaner for Brave browser (thanks to ibilux).
  • Clean the last location of the File - Save As dialog in Google Chrome(reported by arnstein99).
  • Clean session for Thunderbird (thanks to pas-calc).
  • Add new command line option --all-but-warning to enable all cleaners that do not emit a warning (suggested by zero77).
  • Add preference option to remember window geometry (suggested by madjoe), which means whether it was maximized and the last window size, if it was not maximized.
  • Fix ResourceWarning message when cleaning Firefox URL history (reported by ancar7).
  • Fix: do not clean bookmarks in Firefox (reported by TelsaMagic, fixed by rados).
  • Add warning when cleaning Thunderbird - Index (reported by Gittyperson).
  • Fix wiping free space on FAT32 partitions with more than 4GB of available space (reported by ediowar, fixed by Marvin0401).
  • Fix "About # minutes remaining" was not translatable into any language (reported by reportxx).
  • Fix ResourceWarning message when downloading chaff (fixed by mkhon).
  • The menu item Diagnostics was replaced with the term System Information.
  • Specific to Linux
    • Add ability to clean the profile of the unstable version of Google Chrome (thanks to pitsi).
    • Clean more with System - Recent Documents (reported by pas-calc).
    • Correctly detect that Thunderbird is running (thanks to pas-calc).
    • Correctly detect how much space was freed by journald (reported by leminhson2398).
    • Adjust spacing so the scrollbar does not cover checkbox with some GTK themes (thanks to vilhelmgray).
    • Improve AppStream metainfo (thanks to andrewtoskin).
    • The GPG key used to sign releases was extended to May 2023.
  • Specific to Windows
    • Avoid accidental installation into c:\program files(x86) without subfolder, and when uninstalling, delete only the files that were installed (reported by maxhaz, fixed by rados).
    • Increase speed of first start (reported by gitthepie, fixed by rados).
    • Clean Code Cache folder for Google Chrome (reported by LifeIsADeflatingVest).
    • Fix detection that Microsoft Edge is running (thanks to WildByDesign).
    • Fix integration with Windows shell ("right click") (fixed by rados).
    • Fix handling of situation that the TMP environment does not point to a directory that exists (reported by Dilbao, fixed by rados).
    • Fix TypeError: 'int' object is not subscriptable message when wiping files with administrator privileges (reported by Surfride10, fixed by Marvin0401).
  • Developers


  • Update Afrikaans translation thanks to Bernard Stafford
  • Update Bengali translation thanks to Firefly, Mahadi Hasan, Mahay Alam Khan, Omar Faruque
  • Update Bosnian translation thanks to Ibrahim Sikirić
  • Update Catalan translation thanks to VPablo
  • Update Chinese (Traditional) translation thanks to Pin-hsien Lee
  • Update Dutch translation thanks to Bernard Stafford
  • Update English (Australia) translation thanks to Jared Norris
  • Update English (United Kingdom) translation thanks to Anthony Harrington
  • Update Finnish translation thanks to Jiri Grönroos
  • Update French translation thanks to Jean-Marc
  • Update Galician translation thanks to Marcos Lans
  • Update German translation thanks to Tobias Bannert
  • Update Greek translation thanks to Matsek Ratkievits, Nikos P., Vasilis Kosmidis
  • Update Hebrew translation thanks to Omer I.S., Yaron
  • Update Indonesian translation thanks to Abdul Munif Hanafi
  • Update Interlingua translation thanks to karm
  • Update Interlingue translation thanks to Silvara
  • Update Italian translation thanks to Marco Ciampa
  • Update Malay translation thanks to abuyop
  • Update Polish translation thanks to Michal L
  • Update Portuguese translation thanks to JL
  • Update Russian translation thanks to Aleksey Kabanov
  • Update Simplified Chinese translation thanks to Eric Xu
  • Update Spanish translation thanks to Aaron Farias, Adrián García, David Abián, Felipe Hommen, Gonzalo Testa, Monkey, Pablo Ponce, Paco Molinero, Toni Estevez, VPablo, William Beltrán, juancarlospaco
  • Update Swedish translation thanks to Göran Malmberg, JL, Jens Stääf, Jonatan Nyberg, Josef Andersson, Kristoffer Grundström, Reporter, jony0008, sweidre
  • Update Telugu translation thanks to N.SUJATHA DEVI
  • Update Turkish translation thanks to Amed Çeko Jiyan, Buckethead

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Known issues

There is a problem scrolling the list of cleaners (issue 1203). Scrolling with the scrollbar or mouse wheel does not work. It may scroll a small amount, but most of the options are hidden. This will be fixed ASAP, and until then, some solutions and temporary workarounds are:

  • Upgrade to BleachBit 4.4.1 beta or newer.
  • Click the down arrow to collapse a section, and the scrollbar will work.
  • In the preferences, disable the option "hide irrelevant cleaners," and the scrollbar will work.
  • Use keyboard to scroll.
  • Downgrade to version 4.2.0

Users on Windows with certain scripts such as Chinese and Japanese may not be able to see native characters, which will show as boxes (issue 1214). Solutions and temporary workarounds are (choose one):

  • Upgrade to BleachBit 4.4.1 beta or newer.
  • Copy a native font to the BleachBit %ProgramFiles(X86)%\share\fonts folder.
  • Downgrade to version 4.2.0.
  • Set Windows display language to English.
  • Copy the file etc\fonts\fonts.conf from an older version of BleachBit.


Installation packages are ready for Microsoft Windows, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian, and openSUSE.

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