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How To Clean Up Junk Files In Ubuntu Using Ubuntu Cleaner

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One common thing we forget to do in our Ubuntu system is to clean up the junk files regularly. Sooner or later, we realize that our hard disk is running out of space. There are many ways to cleanup the junk files. We can manually delete the unnecessary files, old kernels. However, there are few useful applications available to make this task easy. A while ago, we have covered how to delete old kernels effectively using purge-old-kernels utility. In this brief tutorial, we are going to learn how to clean up junk files in Ubuntu and its derivatives like Linux Mint, Elementary OS etc., using Ubuntu Cleaner.

Clean Up Junk Files In Ubuntu Using Ubuntu Cleaner

Ubuntu Cleaner is the fork of the ‘Computer Janitor’ module of long-defunct Ubuntu Tweak utility. As you might know already, Ubuntu Tweak is discontinued years ago and is no longer in development now. The developer of Ubuntu Cleaner has pulled out the Computer Janitor module from Ubuntu Tweak, refurbished it and released it with new name i.e Ubuntu Cleaner. It is completely free to use and released under GPLv3.

Ubuntu Cleaner will remove the following in Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • App caches
  • Browser caches
  • Apt cache
  • Package config files
  • Unneeded packages
  • Thumbnail cache
  • Old kernels

Ubuntu Cleaner is currently works well with Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 and 18.04 LTS. To install it, just run the following commands:

$ sudo apt install software-properties-common
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gerardpuig/ppa
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-cleaner

For other Ubuntu versions, you might need to download the latest .deb file from the releases page and install it manually like below.

$ wget https://launchpad.net/~gerardpuig/+archive/ubuntu/ppa/+files/ubuntu-cleaner_1.0.4-1_all.deb
$ sudo apt install ./ubuntu-cleaner_1.0.4-1_all.deb
$ rm ubuntu-cleaner_1.0.4-1_all.deb

Once installed, launch it either from Unity Dash or Menu.

Launch Ubuntu cleaner

The default interface of Ubuntu Cleaner will look like below.

Ubuntu Cleaner

Select the files you want to clean up and hit the Clean button on the lower right corner.

Clean Up Junk Files In Ubuntu

Ubuntu Cleaner will start to clean up the files you have selected.

Congratulations! Your Ubuntu system is free from junk files.

Now, your system became like a freshly installed one.

Not happy with Ubuntu Cleaner?, run the following commands to remove it (I think you won't).

$ sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-cleaner
$ sudo apt-get autoremove

And finally remove the PPA.

$ sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:gerardpuig/ppa

Is your hard drive running out of space? Just install Ubuntu Cleaner and purge-old-kernels utility and get rid of the junk files and older kernels which are no longer necessary. Both are must-have utilities in your Ubuntu system.

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6 comments

ChiefH December 15, 2016 - 3:48 pm

I still have Ubuntu Tweak on my 16.04LTS computer and other than the applications tab, all parts of it still work. Iuse the Janitor before each kernel update to make room for the update. I leave the last kernal for use if the newest kernel update does not work correctly or has problems.

How is Ubuntu Cleaner improved from the Janitor?

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SK December 16, 2016 - 6:44 am

Nothing improved as far as I tested it. The developer of ubuntu cleaner just picked up the Janitor module and released it under new name.

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Dick Pilz December 15, 2016 - 4:08 pm

The program would launch and stop responding on my 6-month-old Lenovo IdeaPad w/8GB running 16.04 LTS, repeatedly. No error or warning messages from it.

Glad you posted the removal commands.

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SK December 16, 2016 - 6:45 am

I tested it on my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS machine. It worked well. I use DELL Inspiron model laptop.

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mrtoo January 23, 2017 - 4:12 pm

I still use Ubuntu Tweak as well on the UM 16.04. Seems to work well. Bleachbit always seems to get me in trouble.

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Yan February 20, 2019 - 7:35 pm

Seems like this Ubuntu Cleaner is copletely broken, it throws one exception after another saying that some services not found. So I dont know why it dont require dependencies as every normal app does, but for me it seems quite stupid to manually search what dependencies are missing. I just thrown this program to trash. Linux Mint 17 (based on Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS).

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