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app rmx

Faster GNU 'rm' drop in replacement with extra features

7 releases

0.1.6 Oct 20, 2022
0.1.5 Oct 15, 2022

#648 in Filesystem

35 downloads per month


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Contains (ELF exe, 1MB) bin/rmx


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Multiplatform drop in replacement for GNU rm with extra features


This project is a close port of GNU rm. The idea is extending the functionality around rm API and bring some niceties with improved performance, specially for large files and deeply nested directories.


  • 🐧 Original GNU rm api
  • 📎 System trash bin integration (-t)
  • ⚡ Blazingly fast
  • 💀 Unrecoverable removal (--shred)
  • 🔎 More filtering options
  • 😄 You tell me


Benches are defined here


To profile how rmx performs on your system:

cargo bench


remove rmx rm rmt rmd
files 4.9297ms 19.991ms 10.003ms 9.2056ms
recursively nested folders 4.9784ms 20.122ms 10.135ms 9.3328ms
multiple deeply nested folders 4.8809ms 19.504ms 10.308ms 9.2406ms
multiple deeply nested folders (rip mode) 4.2580ms - - -

numbers obtained on a Alienware M15 R6, at commit: 34e1e5a2

rmx consistently scores better performance while offering the same API as GNU rm


Deleting deeply nested directory (blazingly fast)

rmx --rip node_modules

Sending files to system trash bin

rmx file1 file2 -t

rmx --follow-links link

Wipe a file and make it unrecoverable

rmx --shred file

Standard GNU rm usage

  • rmx --one-file-system -i *.txt handles more glob matching args, rm panics at ~10k+ matches`
  • rmx --preserve-root=/home --interactive=once /home/*/*
  • rmx --verbose -rf --no-preserve-root /



From crates.io

cargo install rmx


AUR: yay rmx-bin

Prebuilt binaries

Find all release targets here

Latest linux-musl binary


Put in your favorite shell rc file: alias rm='rmx'


  1. Do not trust this tool for automation/production usage, this is not a 1:1 port of GNU rm and the underlying system calls are not the same.
  2. You may experience different performance results, overall rmx improves the computation load. I/O might still be your biggest bottleneck.
  3. Making the contents of a file unrecoverable is not a fully trusted operation nowadays.


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