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Czkawka (tch•kav•ka (IPA: [ʈ͡ʂkafka]), “hiccup” in Polish) is a simple, fast and free app to remove unnecessary files from your computer.

UNSTABLE WARNING

Currently master branch of this repository contains unstable GTK 4 port, so multiple regression, broken features etc. are expected.

You can use old stable version built with GTK 3 - 4.1.0 or compile app from git before GTK 4 PR merge.

Due build problems Windows binaries are not available yet, you can help by creating/modifying CI to produce valid windows binaries

Features

Czkawka

How do I use it?

You can find the instructions on how to use Czkawka here.

Some helpful tricks you can find here

Installation

Installation instructions with download links you can find here.

Compilation

If you want to try and develop Czkawka or just use the latest available feature, you may want to look at the compilation instructions.

Benchmarks

Since Czkawka is written in Rust and it aims to be a faster alternative to FSlint or DupeGuru which are written in Python, we need to compare the speed of these tools.

I tested it on a 256 GB SSD and a i7-4770 CPU.

I prepared a disk and performed a test without any folder exceptions and with disabled ignoring of hard links. The disk contained 363 215 files, took 221,8 GB and had 62093 duplicate files in 31790 groups which occupied 4,1 GB.

I set the minimal file size to check to 1KB on all programs.

App Executing Time
FSlint 2.4.7 (First Run) 86s
FSlint 2.4.7 (Second Run) 43s
Czkawka 3.0.0 (First Run) 8s
Czkawka 3.0.0 (Second Run) 7s
DupeGuru 4.1.1 (First Run) 22s
DupeGuru 4.1.1 (Second Run) 21s

I used Mprof for checking memory usage of FSlint and DupeGuru, and Heaptrack for Czkawka.

App Idle Ram Max Operational Ram Usage Stabilized after search
FSlint 2.4.7 62 MB 164 MB 158 MB
Dupeguru 4.1.1 90 MB 170 MB 166 MB
Czkawka 3.0.0 12 MB 122 MB 60 MB

In Dupeguru, I enabled checking images with different dimensions to match Czkawka behavior. Both apps use a caching mechanism, so the second scan is really fast.

Similar images which check 10949 files that occupied 6.6 GB

App Scan time
Czkawka 3.0.0 (First Run) 276s
Czkawka 3.0.0 (Second Run) 1s
DupeGuru 4.1.1 (First Run) 539s
DupeGuru 4.1.1 (Second Run) 1s

Similar images which check 349 image files that occupied 1.7 GB

App Scan time
Czkawka 3.0.0 (First Run) 54s
Czkawka 3.0.0 (Second Run) 1s
DupeGuru 4.1.1 (First Run) 55s
DupeGuru 4.1.1 (Second Run) 1s

Comparison to other tools

Bleachbit is a master at finding and removing temporary files, while Czkawka only finds the most basic ones. So these two apps shouldn’t be compared directly or be considered as an alternative to one another.

  Czkawka FSlint DupeGuru Bleachbit
Language Rust Python Python/Obj-C Python
OS Lin,Mac,Win Lin Lin,Mac,Win Lin,Mac,Win
Framework GTK 4 PyGTK2 Qt 5 (PyQt)/Cocoa PyGTK3
Duplicate finder  
Empty files    
Empty folders    
Temporary files  
Big files      
Similar images    
Similar videos      
Music duplicates(tags)    
Invalid symlinks    
Broken files      
Names conflict    
Invalid names/extensions    
Installed packages      
Bad ID      
Non stripped binaries      
Redundant whitespace      
Overwriting files    
Multiple languages
Cache support    
In active development Yes No Yes Yes

Other apps

There are many similar applications to Czkawka on the Internet, which do some things better and some things worse:

GUI

Contributions

Contributions to this repository are welcome.

You can help by creating:

You can also help by doing other things:

Name

Czkawka is a Polish word which means hiccup.

I chose this name because I wanted to hear people speaking other languages pronounce it, so feel free to spell it the way you want.

This name is not as bad as it seems, because I was also thinking about using words like żółć, gżegżółka or żołądź, but I gave up on these ideas because they contained Polish characters, which would cause difficulty in searching for the project.

At the beginning of the program creation, if the response concerning the name was unanimously negative, I prepared myself for a possible change of the name of the program, and the opinions were extremely mixed.

License

Code is distributed under MIT license.

Icon was created by jannuary and licensed CC-BY-4.0.

Windows dark theme is used from AdMin repo with MIT license.

Some icons were taken from ReShot site and are licensed under Reshot Free License

The program is completely free to use.

“Gratis to uczciwa cena” - “Free is a fair price”

Thanks

Big thanks to Pádraig Brady, creator of fantastic FSlint, because without his work I wouldn’t create this tool.

Thanks also to all the people who create patches for this program, make it available on other systems, create videos, articles about it etc.

Also I really appreciate work of people that create crates on which Czkawka is based and for that I try to report bugs to make it even better.

Donations

If you are using the app, I would appreciate a donation for its further development, which can be done here.