orphan-thumbnail – a program to find orphan GNOME thumbnail

GNOME generates thumbnails for image, video, PDF, and other documents. Those thumbnails are cached in ~/.thumbnails and never be purged. That could occupy amount of your disk.

orphan-thumbnail is a program to find orphan GNOME thumbnails. It reads thumbnails and find URI to the original file in PNG comments. It is capable to show and/or delete orphan thumbnails.


Building orphan-thumbnail

It\’s GNU building system, so just

$ tar xjf orphan-thumbnail-x.y.z.tar.bz2
$ cd orphan-thumbnail-x-y-z
$ ./autogen.sh
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

The binary orphan-thumbnail should be installed in /usr/local/bin/.


  • List thumbnail file and its status
  • List only orphan thumbnail file
  • Delete orphan thumbnail file
  • Quiet mode


$ orphan-thumbnail --help
Usage orphan-thumbnail [OPTION...]
A program to find orphan GNOME thumbnails.

  -d, --delete                    delete orphan thumbnail(s)
  -o, --orphan                    list only orphan thumbnail(s)
  -q, --quiet                     quiet mode, only if -d is specified
  -v, --version                   show version
  -h, --help                      print this help

Report bugs to [email protected]