How To Free Up Linux Disk Space

Managing disk space is a critical task for any system administrator. Linux provides users with a range of tools and techniques for managing disk space effectively. This blog aims to walk you through some practical steps you can take to free up disk space on your Linux systems.

Determining Disk Usage

Before we start deleting files, it’s important to know where our disk space is being used. With the df and du commands, we can determine the amount of disk space used and identify the directories that use the most space.

The df command displays the amount of disk space used and available on your filesystems. Run it without any options to get a summary of all filesystems:


The du command, on the other hand, displays the disk usage for a directory or file. To get a summary of a directory’s size, use the -sh options:

du -sh /path/to/directory

Deleting Unnecessary Files

Now that you know where most of your disk space is being used, you can start deleting unnecessary files. Here are some places to start:

Log Files

Linux stores log files in the /var/log directory. These files can grow quite large if not managed properly. Use the logrotate utility to manage these files effectively.

Package Cache

When you install packages using the apt package manager, it keeps a copy of the package in its cache. These cached packages can take up a significant amount of space. You can clean up this cache with the following command:

sudo apt-get clean

Managing Disk Quotas

In addition to manually removing files, Linux also provides a way to limit the amount of disk space a user or group can use. The quota utility allows administrators to set disk usage limits for users and groups, providing a proactive way to manage disk space.


Managing disk space on Linux doesn’t have to be difficult. With these tools and techniques, you can easily keep your disk usage under control. Remember, the key is not just to free up space when it runs out, but to proactively manage your disk space and avoid running out in the first place.