Analyze disk usage with Baobab


© Lead Image © Amy Walters,

© Lead Image © Amy Walters,

Article from Issue 228/2019

Unnecessary files and directories take up valuable space on hard disks or SSDs. Baobab lets you locate and remove data garbage at the push of a button.

Computer mass storage is getting bigger and cheaper. With the rapidly increasing capacity of hard disks, SSDs, and USB sticks, users are tempted to store even more information (with some of it soon forgotten).

To find your way through the data jungle, Linux offers command-line tools like du or df. However, these tools do not provide detailed information on where data is stored or which files are the biggest space hogs.

Baobab [1], also known as Disk Usage Analyzer, is a graphical, menu-driven viewer, which lets you quickly track down obsolete data and identify space hogs. Baobab also lets you remove useless files without requiring massive search overhead.


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