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I have a quick question about file shredding. Is there any application with graphical interface capable of shredding files and folders?

I know bleachbit has that feature but there are no options or configurations and I really can't know if the files are unrecoverable or not.

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The easiest option I could find with your requirements is nautilus-wipe.

  • Go to the Software Center, search for nautilus-wipe, and install it.

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  • Nautilus-Wipe only appears to work when Nautilus is started with root permissions (i.e. gksudo)
  • Press Alt+F2 and type gksudo nautilus to run Nautilus.
  • It opens /root by default, so navigate to /home/your-username if you want to perform operations on your home directory.
  • Within Nautilus, navigate to what you want to wipe, right-click on any file/folder to see the options Wipe and Wipe Available Diskpace
  • If you click on wipe, you will see the following:

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  • You can configure the options (type of wipe, number of passes, etc.) by clicking on the Options triangle:

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  • Clicking Wipe Available Diskspace on any item or within empty space in Nautilus will offer to wipe free space on the that partition:

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  • Close Nautilus when done.
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You can also use bleachbit Install bleachbit. It can be installed in the Software Center.

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I realize OP asked for a GUI option, nevertheless, for those needing a scriptable comand-line option, You may use 'shred' from GNU coreutils.

     man shred

for full details.

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