How to Free Up 1 GB of Wasted Space on Raspberry Pi
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The Raspberry Pi is incredibly useful. For less than one night out on the town, you can get a microcomputer. Imagine telling someone that 20 years ago!

Raspbian, the OS that most people tend to install on their Pi devices, comes with just about everything you could ever need to make the most of the device. Of course, this stuff takes up space, so if you don’t need (or want) LibreOffice, Wolfram, Minecraft, or Sonic, you can free up about 1 GB of space by deleting them!

LibreOffice takes up about 250 MB and Wolfram eats 650 MB, so getting rid of them could make a big difference if you’re using a smaller SD card. All you need to do is open a terminal window and enter the following command:

sudo apt-get purge wolfram-engine
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove

To delete other apps, substitute wolfram-engine with libreoffice*, minecraft-pi, or sonic-pi.

If you really don’t want anything using space on your Pi, you should consider installing the Light version of Raspbian, as that comes with none of the extras, and will get you going with just the essentials!

Did this help? Got any other tips for freeing up Raspberry Pi space? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    May 2, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    16gb and 32s are cheap enough. But, nice point nonetheless.

  2. Anonymous
    May 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Another source of space are the unneeded video and printer drivers as well as unneeded language packs.

  3. Anonymous
    May 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I truly appreciate this information. I am hoping to set up my Raspberry Pi 3 as a web server and I have a lot to learn. I assume there are many more version 3 videos on MakeUseOf that will guide me.