Bash CleanMyMac alternative 🧼


Quickly removing files using a Bash script

11 Sep, 2020 Β· 1 min read

As you might know by now, I really like Bash!

So far, we have built some fun stuff using Bash like hacking our morning routine and making an after work git check.

For a lot of my articles I use Carbon to generate these cool previews. Very cool app, but my Downloads folder gets full of these things.

So how can Bash help us CleanOurMacs?

Bash CleanMyMac

Bash clean files

Note: This script can be very dangerous since it uses Bash to remove files. Please be cautious!

We will be using a txt file to loop over files we want to remove.

These files can include a wildcard (*) or start with a specific string:

  • Start with: carbon
  • Wildcard: carbon*.png

Then on to the script!

while read line; do
    find . -name "$line" -exec rm -rf {} \;
done < ~/www/cleanMyPc/files.txt
echo 'All done';

Wow, simple as that right!

We loop through the lines in our files.txt, and for each line we execute the find command it searches for a specific name and calls -exec rm -rf

The rm stands for remove and rf for recursive force.

Running the script

This script initially worked so it would scan all your files, but I adjusted it for security reasons to only scan a specific folder.

  1. So open a Terminal
  2. Navigate to the folder you want: cd Downloads
  3. Execute command ~/path/to/script/
  4. Voila, all done

It's a very simple script, but it can be useful to find/remove certain files on your computer.

Find this project on GitHub

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