Have you ever wished to know where are those files that waste space on your hard drive? Have you ever wondered which folder contained the most gigabytes? Your wishes had become true! xdiskusage is your application.
Using xdiskusage you can discover very easily how your hard drive’s directories are organised, and specially how much space is used by each one.
After executing xdiskusage without arguments, the initial default view will be the list of partitions:
By double-clicking in some partition you will get the list of the biggest directories (arranged by size) and the space that each one is using:
You can double-click in any other directory to explore it. Right-clicking shows a menu with some options like hide, unhide, go in, go out, etc. Just play with it!
xdiskusage is also a fantastic complement for “du”:
$ cd /tmp $ du | xdiskusage
You can give any directory as an argument to xdiskusage:
$ xdiskusage /usr/src
One last thing: the -a switch shows files and not only directories:
In Debian you can fine some alternatives to xdiskusage like:
- gt5: not in Debian Etch. HTML based, needs a browser to navigate (text or graphical)
- baobab: GTK based
- filelight: KDE libs based
- kdirstat: KDE based
The last three of them are more eye candy than xdiskusage, but I preferred a simpler solution, without that many dependencies. Of course, feel free to test and choose!
xdiskusage has been available in both Debian and Ubuntu since a long time ago.
Note that there is a bug that doesn’t allow the application to be launched by app-launchers such as Alt + F2 or menus. It’s a reported bug (Debian bug #276193).