BleachBit 4.4.2

We are pleased to announce the BleachBit 4.4.2 maintenance release with a focus on improving stability.

Thank you to all the code contributors, testers and bug reporters, translators, and financial contributors that made this release possible!


November 5, 2023: BleachBit 4.6.0 has been released.


These are the changes since version 4.4.0:

  • Separate the cleaning option for site preferences from history (reported by corobin, fixed by ebaldridge).
  • Disable the auto-hide behavior for scrollbars (reported by banaagravrommel).
  • Report zero bytes as "0B" instead of just "0" (thanks to livingentity).
  • Clarify scope of cache cleaning for Discord (thanks to unknowntrojan).
  • Specific to Windows
    • Fix unreadable text for many languages, including Chinese and Japanese (first reported by huastone2018).
    • Fix broken scrollbar (reported first by banaagravrommel, fixed by rados).
    • Correct search pattern in Winapp2.ini (reported by MoscaDotTo, fixed by rados).
    • Honor Winapp2.ini ExcludeKey in certain scenarios (reported by livingentity, fixed by rados).
    • Show Winapp2.ini group names for Internet Explorer, Vivaldi, and Brave (thanks to livingentity).
    • Allow pasting a pathname when browsing for folder (thanks to Bozhidar-A).
    • Add option to silent installer for skipping desktop icon (requested by teknowledgist, fixed by rados).
    • Do not create shortcut to uninstaller as a best practice (suggested by craigacgomez).
    • Build font cache during installation to avoid delay during first start of application. At the end of installation while there is a black window with the title fc-cache.exe, you may notice a delay: this normally lasts about one minute, but on some systems it will take longer. It depends largely on the speed of the storage device (SSD/HDD) and the number of fonts.
    • Fix shredding through integration with the Windows Explorer context menu (reported by tlhulse, fixed by rados).
    • Show a splash screen (thanks to rados).
    • Update embedded SQLite from 3.35 to 3.36.
  • Developers


  • Add translation for Interlingue thanks to Silvara
  • 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 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

does not parse

In August 2023, BleachBit users on Windows and Linux have reported an intermittent errors with messages The update information does not parse and xml.parsers.expat.ExpatError: not well-formed (invalid token) (first reported by first reported by nico92GitHub).

The error did not indicate any harm or damage, but when this happened, users could not be notified of updates. Also, the winapp2.ini could not be automatically downloaded on Windows, if this option is enabled in the preferences.

This issue was fixed on the update server. No action is required for users.

no such table

Since August 2023, browsers based on Chromium will report an error like sqlite3.OperationalError: no such table: autofill_profile_names. The cause of "no such table" is that a recent update to the web browser changed how it stores some data. The error does not indicate any harm or damage, but some data in the new location is not yet cleaned. The solution will be to ignore the old table names, if they do not exist, and instead clean the new table names. Affected browsers include: Chromium, Google Chrome, Brave, and Microsoft Edge, but Firefox is not affected. This was first reported by francis670.

Your options include: test BleachBit 4.5.0 beta, ignore the error message, disable some options (checkbox) under Google Chrome or whichever browser, or wait for the next release.


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

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