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Keep Your Disk Clean, Developers

Published: at 02:04 AM

As a developer, one of the essential maintenance tasks is to keep your disk space clean and optimized. Accumulated cache, temporary files, and unused dependencies can quickly fill up your storage and slow down your system’s performance. In this article, we will explore a set of powerful commands that will help you reclaim disk space and ensure your development environment runs smoothly.

Cleaning Package Managers:

Package managers are an integral part of every developer’s toolkit. They help manage dependencies and libraries for different programming languages. However, over time, these package managers can accumulate a significant amount of cached data. Here’s how you can clean them up:

npm cache clean --force
npm cache verify
yarn cache clean
pnpm store prune
pip cache purge
poetry cache clear . --all

Cleaning Up Folders:

Removing “node_modules” directories:

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}' +

If you are using the Next.js framework for React, it creates a “.next” folder to store build-related files. To remove this folder and its content, use:

find . -name ".next" -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}' +

if you want to view only the folders found and not delete them: find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune | xargs du -chs

Cleaning System:

In addition to cleaning package managers and project folders, it’s crucial to clean up your system’s cache and unnecessary packages. Here’s how you can do it:

For Debian/Ubuntu-based Systems:

sudo apt autoremove -y
sudo apt autoclean -y
sudo apt clean -y
sudo apt install -f -y

The above commands will remove unused packages, clean the local repository of retrieved package files, and install any pending package dependencies.

For Windows:

For Windows users, Microsoft provides a built-in tool called “Storage Settings” that allows you to clean up unnecessary files and free up disk space. To access this feature:


Keeping your disk space clean and optimized is crucial for developers. By regularly running these commands to clean package managers, project folders, and system cache, you can ensure your development environment stays efficient and responsive. A tidy disk will not only improve your system’s performance but also prevent potential issues due to space constraints. Make it a part of your routine maintenance, and you’ll experience a smoother and hassle-free development journey. Happy coding!