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Remove Empty Directories

RED finds, displays, and deletes empty directories recursively below a given start folder. Furthermore, it allows you to create custom rules for keeping and deleting folders (e.g. treat directories with empty files as empty).

Features

  • Simple user interface
  • Shows empty directories before deleting them
  • Supports multiple delete modes (including Delete to recycle bin)
  • Allows white and blacklisting of directories by using filter lists
  • Can detect directories with empty files as empty

System requirements

  • Windows 7 or 10
    • Version 2.2 should also still work with older Windows versions like XP or Vista
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 or later
    • The installer checks for the right version and installs it if missing

How to contribute to the project

You are very welcome to contribute code, translations, or anything else :)

Here are some tasks you can help with:

  • Look at open issues/bugs and try to fix them
  • Fix typos and general wording
  • Optimize user interface
  • Create a strategy/foundation for translations, are there any existing frameworks/concepts?
  • Add unit tests

History

The first version of RED was created by Jonas John around 2005.

Since then a small team of contributors helped to fix bugs and add new features.

Changelog

2.3

  • Disabled settings during active search or deletion process
  • Refactored the interface to improve the design and usability
    • Divided packed settings tab into three separate tabs
    • Renamed some options and captions to make more sense
    • Added more descriptions and examples to explain settings
    • Increased default window size and added more whitespace to make it look less crowded
  • Optimized config defaults
    • Set pause between deletions to zero because the default delete to recycle bin method is slow enough to not overwhelm the GUI
    • Deleted some unnecessary entries and updated some values
    • Removed *.tmp as default pattern to make the default settings safer because those files could still contain valuable data in some cases.
  • Long paths support and other improvements (contributed by gioccher, see #5)
    • Fix crash due to case sensitivity of paths
    • Speed up crawl and deletion by disabling UI updates (dubbed fast mode)
    • Long path support by switching to AlphaFS
    • And more minor improvements (see closed pull request #5 for details)
  • Ignore folders newer than N hours #3 (contributed by jsytniak, see #3)

2.2

  • Improved error handling
  • Added logging of errors and deleted directories
  • Added multiple delete modes (e.g. delete to recycle bin)
  • Implemented a function to delete a single empty directory
  • Implemented optional function to detect paths in clipboard
  • Infinite loop detection
  • Added a few new configuration settings
  • Removed counting method to increase speed
  • Replaced old custom settings module with the default settings framework of .NET to be more standard-compliant (This should fix problems some users had when starting RED)

2.1

  • Implemented a "Protect" and "Unprotect" function to let the user choose folders to keep
  • Implemented an update button for a fast update check

2.0

  • Created the installer (using NSIS)
  • Updated this readme file

1.9

  • Added better-looking icons to the GUI
  • Corrected and updates some texts

1.8

  • Finished the main parts of the application
  • Added XML configuration file

1.7

  • Removed some main parts of the new application and started using the "BackgroundWorker" for threading support.

1.6

  • Finished the first prototype of the C# version

1.5

  • Started the development of an entirely new version of RED by using Microsoft Visual C# (.NET 2.0)

1.4

  • Updated the readme and changed the license from GPL to LGPL
  • fixed some small issues

1.2

  • Fixed the gauge in the process window
  • implemented a second safety check to prevent deleting filled folders

1.1

  • renamed the program to RED (Remove empty directories)
  • made a new icon

1.0

  • changes some structure things, renamed functions, renamed variables
  • corrected code, fixed some issues...
  • optional logfile implemented
  • other minor changes
  • updated version history -> complete rewrite ;)

0.9

  • Added a readme, the licenses
  • Translated the readme into English

0.8

  • Cleaned the directories and sorted the files
  • Renamed some functions and variables, to make it look better

0.6 + 0.7

  • I learned about WinBinder (A native Windows binding for PHP) and converted the program to PHP with a Windows GUI using WinBinder

0.5

0.2 - 0.4

  • Minor changes
  • Added filters to exclude some folders like the recycler

0.1

  • I made a simple perl script to delete empty folders, I called it "DEF" (Delete Empty Folders)

Credits

Third-party components

Icon sources

  • Nuvola icons (GNU LGPL 2.1. license)
  • NuoveXT icons (GPL license)
  • famfamfam silk icons (Creative Commons Attribution license)
  • Coffee icon by Ivan Freaner
  • Ignore list icon taken from "Primo Icon Set" made by Webdesigner Depot
    • License: Free of charge for personal or commercial purposes

License

RED is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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