This article spotlights alternative tools to rm.
The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.
|Alternatives to rm|
|rip||Deletion tool focused on safety, ergonomics, and performance|
|rmw||Trashcan/recycle bin utility for the command line|
|trash-cli||Uses the same trashcan used by KDE, GNOME, and XFCE|
|safe-rm||Prevent the accidental deletion of important files|
|trasher||Replace rm and del by a trash system|
|Fast Unix Commands||Provides alternatives for rm and cp|
Have we missed any open source alternatives to rm? Please let us know!
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I use safe-rm. which prevents the accidental deletion of important files
Thanks for your suggestion Dragon32. We’ve added safe-rm.
Fast Unix Commands provides cpz (and rmz)
You can replace rm with Trasher which has a portable trash directory system
Thanks Daniel, we’ve now added trasher