Wipe, A UNIX tool for secure deletion

wipe is a little command for securely erasing files from magnetic media. It compiles under various unix platforms, including Linux 2. * , (Open, Net, Free)BSD, aix 4.1, SunOS 5.5.1, Solaris 2.6. wipe is released under the GPL. Pre-compiled packages are available on most Linux distributions. Under Debian, the package name is wipe .

Source code

Under Ubuntu or Debian, just do apt-get source wipe .

I am currently hosting wipe at github :



There are things you'd better wipe... before they get you.


Over the years many people have sent in bug reports or patches. Many thanks to them. They are:

Hopefully I haven't forgotten any.


You can read the english man page . You can also read Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory also available in the latest wipe tarball.