Filelight – a visual disk space analyzer for Windows and Linux


Even the most zealous user has a hard drive, sooner or later full of all sorts of files, the purpose of which is often incomprehensible to the owner himself. Filelight is a hard disk analyzer that will clearly show and tell you about all the files and directories. It automatically analyzes all disks and partitions’ contents, except those that do not have a label when launched.

The program also supports the scanning of mapped network drives. By default, all drives are displayed as circular blocks, and blue sectors represent the data recorded. When you hover the mouse cursor over such a sector, the data’s amount of space is displayed. To view specific data, you need to click on the volume sector with the mouse. This will open a new diagram, but with more detailed names of sectors, information about which can be obtained by hovering the mouse cursor over them.

Color identification helps determine the data type in Filelight; however, it is not implemented in the program’s best way. In this simple way, you can navigate directories to the files themselves, using your own context menu to open them in the command line and delete them. Through the same context menu, you can go to directories by opening them in the command line. To open the file in the program, by default, it will be enough to double-click on it. Unfortunately, Filelight file preview is not supported. The ability to obtain detailed information about objects in the file system is also missing.

However, you can quickly scan directories through the main menu of the application or drag and drop them onto the Filelight working window. As for the scanner settings themselves, there are not so many of them already. Filelight settings allow you to add or remove various additional options from the application menu, enable or disable color identification, adjust the charts’ scale, and contrast the colors used. The scanner is currently available as a UWP app and desktop program for 64-bit versions of Windows and Linux.

If you want to run this software on your Ubuntu machine, the steps are quite simple:

sudo apt install filelight

More information about the Filelight is in the official website of the project.