Disk cleanup tools?


I’m looking for directions on how to clean up some disk space.

I’m sort of new at this. I’ve had Garuda installed for several months now and it’s been working great. However, one thing I’ve noticed is I’ve been steadily running low on disk space.

Coming from Windows, I don’t know how to check what’s taking up all the disk space and how to clean up. On Windows, I could right click a drive and run the cleanup tool, deleting old install files, logs, and other redundant files. I could also view my installed programs, sorted by size, from the “Add or remove programs” menu, and remove whatever I didn’t need.

On Garuda/Arch, I’m not sure what the equivalent tools are for those things. I ran the Garuda Assistant and I removed orphans, cleared the cache and also cleared package cache. Disk usage still seems a bit high.

I know Garuda also has Octopi, but I don’t see any info on installed package size & whether or not the packages were installed by me or are dependencies (of Garuda or other packages). So, I don’t know what’s safe to uninstall and what isn’t.

I also know Snapper snapshots might take up some space, but I have no idea how to check that.

Can anyone give me any pointers on how to clean up my disk? Are there any specific tools for this?



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Have a look at Stacer and GNOME Disk Utility (Baobab). Stacer will scan for package cache and a few other things, and Baobab will show you the big hitters to your disk space.
Snapper will show you the snapshots themselves which you can clear up starting from the lower numbers, but it won’t show you the restored/backup snapshots. For those, you’ll need to use BTRFS assistant to delete them.
As long as you don’t need to restore those snapshots, they’re safe to delete :slight_smile:


You can also try Bleachbit.

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Would also like to mention clean pacman cache,

sudo paccache -rk0

adjust the 0 at the end to the number of older revs of packages you want in your cache.
and also,

paru -Scd

Unless one is an extremely seasoned Linux user I would avoid BleachBit like the plague. Use Stacer. I swear by it.


I managed to clean up a lot of space thanks to all of your suggestions.

I ran @NaN’s commands and that cleaned up about 8.5 GB of space.

Then, I checked out @lum1nuss’s suggestions. Stacer helped me clean up about 10 GB of application cache (I unchecked things that seemed alright to leave alone, like Krunner and browser cache).

Finally, Baobab helped me notice that my Unreal Engine 5 installation was somehow taking up… 176 GB of disk space. I recall the engine being a lot smaller than that… Not sure how the folder got so big. I don’t use UE5 anymore, so I just deleted it.

Snapper snapshots were ok. Snapper was configured to only save the last 10 snapshots, so I didn’t gain much from deleting the older 9 logs.

Thanks very much, everyone!

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I’d recommend also using FileLight

It’s great to visualize the space taken up by each and every file / folder

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FileLight is great, however I would also recommend QDirStat.

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True. It is a bit at the extreme side.

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