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Python library to natively send files to Trash (or Recycle bin) on all platforms.
Latest commit 35ad95b @hsoft Fixed typo in changelog


Send2Trash -- Send files to trash on all platforms

Send2Trash is a small package that sends files to the Trash (or Recycle Bin) natively and on all platforms. On OS X, it uses native FSMoveObjectToTrashSync Cocoa calls, on Windows, it uses native (and ugly) SHFileOperation win32 calls. On other platforms, if PyGObject and GIO are available, it will use this. Otherwise, it will fallback to its own implementation of the trash specifications from

ctypes is used to access native libraries, so no compilation is necessary.

Send2Trash supports Python 2.7 and up (Python 3 is supported).


You can download it with pip:

pip install Send2Trash

or you can download the source from and install it with:

>>> python install


>>> from send2trash import send2trash
>>> send2trash('some_file')

When there's a problem OSError is raised.

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