Use Mechanig to Easily Clean Up Your Ubuntu Machine

Usually when we discuss the ways to clean up your Ubuntu system, it will always involve command lines like “autoremove“, “autoclean“, “clean” etc. For those who are not used to the command line, an alternative is to use GUI software to get the things done. One such software is 2ClickUpdate, which we have reviewed earlier. Another such software is Mechanig, which we are discussing today

There is nothing special for Mechanig as it is just a GUI wrapper for most of the commonly used optimization command. However, it can be really useful if you don’t want to dabble with the command line.

Mechanig is not available in the Ubuntu repository, but you can install via its own PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kokoto-java/usu-extras 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mechanig

Mechanig is located at the “System Tools” folder under Applications. Once you open the software, you should see a small window with the following options:


There are two main parts to the software: PC optimization and Software management. Double-click the Optimzation button and you can choose to either optimize PC (clear cache and optimize RAM) or remove old kernels (to free up storage space).


Similarly, you can double-click the Software button to perform all the software related tasks, like upgrading packages, remove unnecessary packages, removing useless .deb files etc.


To make thing even simpler, you can double click the “All Optimization” button to run all PC optimization tasks and “All Software” button to run all software-related tasks. Lastly, there is the “All Actions” button to do everything in one shot.


In short, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to clean up your system without having to remember all the bash command, Mechanig is the one for you.