Friday, March 20, 2015

How to Delete Google Chrome Temporary (.TMP) Files

How to Delete Google Chrome Temporary (.TMP) Files

*.tmp dump

It may surprise you to learn that Google Chrome is pig when it comes to file management. 

This post will deal with Temporary files (*.tmp) management. Each day Chrome will produce about 25 such files which vary in size of 0,28,100kb.

These are not temporary cache files from the internet which live in

%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache directory have no file extensions.

These tmp files a generate from Chrome end in .tmp. There is no mechanism for these files to get clean-up.

In the course of writing this blog, I cleaned a whopping 1 Gig of space in *.TMP files alone, which was a span of 3 yrs of Chrome use.

Here's how to do some spring cleaning of your Google Chrome Browser TMP files.

TMP files are generated in any of the sub-folders, starting at this top Chrome directory; 

%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\

which contains 1,163 sub-folders (on my machine, this will vary, the point is, it;s allot).

My GoogleChromeDeleteAllTMPfiles.bat file will delete all *.TMP files in those sub-folders.

For a quick check to spot *.TMP on your machine, check these folders since Chrome produces *.TMP files daily there

%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\JumpListIcons
%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\JumpListIconsOld

Here's the code to review that deletes all Chrome *.TMP files

Download the GoogleChromeDeleteAllTMPfiles.bat, double click to run it, that's it.

I also recommend using BleachBit a new tool to delete cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there.

There is an option to delete *.TMP files but it is a system wide scan and took a very long time to run.
FYI Choose Deep Scan - Temporary Files.

So hence the windows batch file GoogleChromeDeleteAllTMPfiles.bat, it super quick and efficient.