Understanding how to delete a file in Linux is an important part of a keeping your computer's file system well-organized. Without regular maintenance, hard drives can quickly become disorganized tangles of unused files, archives, and program artifacts that can slow your computer down.
Since a program can't know what to safely delete, it's up to the user to manage this important task. Fortunately, Linux provides several ways to do it. So, whether you're using a desktop file manager or working from the terminal's command-line interface, we'll show you how to delete a file in Linux operating systems quickly and safely.