Remove Empty Directories (aka RED)

A freeware tool to batch delete empty folders.

What is it good for?

One might think that searching and deleting empty directories is a trivial thing, but once you have hundreds of them it get’s really exhausting. That’s the reason I made RED. It’s a small and simple tool that searches and deletes empty directories recursively below a given start folder. And before deleting anything it let’s you check all empty directories it found.


  • Shows empty directories before deleting them
  • Supports multiple delete modes (including Delete to recycle bin)
  • Allows white and black listing of directories by using filter lists
  • Can detect directories with empty files as empty


Scan progress

Scan progress

Deleting folders

Deleting folders

Settings dialog

Settings dialog

Download latest version (2.2)

Windows installer (Normal edition) - Recommended

Works without Administrator rights but therefore can't clean some system directories.

Release date: Feb 2011 / Size: 395 KB

Windows installer (Admin edition)

This edition forces your system to start RED as Administrator everytime you start it if you didn't disable the UAC. (Provides the same functionality as normal edition)

Release date: Feb 2011 / Size: 395 KB

Portable (ZIP file, no installer)

Full featured version for portable devices such as USB drives.

Release date: Feb 2011 / Size: 78 KB

You can also have a look at the source code which is hosted at GitHub.

Found a bug? I created a new feedback page which holds more information on how to submit a bug or a idea.

Download older versions

You can still download old versions of RED, but it is not recommended.

Okay, I understand. Show me the older versions.

Version 2.1 - Windows installer

Release date: Apr 08, 2007 / Size: 667.8 KB / MD5: eb926e9ba5a8f8c182644f15272c2d22

Version 2.1 - Sourcecode (C# Visual Studio Project)

Release date: Apr 08, 2007 / Size: 274 KB

Version 2.0 - Windows Installer

Release date: Mar 26, 2007 / Size: 651 KB / MD5: c1a241ea672b709dd0ecd60ec3bfa060

Version 1.4 - Windows Installer with Sources

Experimental version / proof of concept written in PHP by using the Winbinder framework.

Release date: Dec 03, 2005 / Size: 647.46 KB / MD5: 6cae1721c1714b39ac17e9f7517a10a8

Version 1.4 - PHP sourcecode

Experimental version / proof of concept written in PHP by using the Winbinder framework.

Release date: Dec 03, 2005 / Size: 58.73 KB / MD5: 73cae224ed19da12ce9158b8f1d34814

System requirements

  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 and RED might also work with Windows 8 and Linux (by using Mono)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or later (the installer should check that)


RED is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Feel free to have a look into the sourcecode behind RED to fix it, fork it, extend it, learn from it, improve it, …


Feedback is always appreciated. Please look at the RED feedback page where you will find the latest informations on how to submit your feedback.

Support my work

You can support my work by making a small donation through Paypal, thank you very much! :)

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Last update of this page: August 18, 2020

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