rmlint finds space waste and other broken things on your filesystem and offers to remove it. It is able to find:

  • Duplicate files & directories.
  • Nonstripped Binaries
  • Broken symlinks.
  • Empty files.
  • Recursive empty directories.
  • Files with broken user or group id.

Key Features:

  • Extremely fast.
  • Flexible and easy commandline options.
  • Choice of several hashes for hash-based duplicate detection
  • Option for exact byte-by-byte comparison (only slightly slower).
  • Numerous output options.
  • Option to store time of last run; next time will only scan new files.
  • Many options for original selection / prioritisation.
  • Can handle very large file sets (millions of files).
  • Colorful progressbar. (😃)

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Informative reference

These chapters are informative and are not essential for the average user. People that want to extend rmlint might want to read this though:

The Changelog is also updated with new and futures features, fixes and overall changes.


rmlint was and is written by:

Christopher Pahl https://github.com/sahib 2010-2019
Daniel Thomas https://github.com/SeeSpotRun 2014-2019

Additional thanks to:

  • vvs- (Scalability testing)
  • Attila Toth
  • All sane bugreporters (there are not many)
  • All packagers, porters and patchers.


rmlint is licensed under the terms of GPLv3.