• As it is a huge repository of digital games, Steam can leave behind a massive number of junk files. This is because installing games on Steam bring with them redistributable packages as a system requirement. After the installation, these temporary files are no longer of any use.
  • With Steam Cleaner, gamers can now delete huge volumes of unwanted files left behind by gaming platforms. The tool requires no installation or configuration after the download process. Simply click the download file and Steam Cleaner runs.
  • If you need more information about Steam Cleaner, go to our Steam Cleaner section
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Steam Cleaner clears temporary data and duplicate files

Steam is one of the popular distribution platforms for digital games along with Origin, uPlay, and Gog. Players can access a large library of games containing a list of game manufacturers and prices using Steam.

As it is a huge repository of digital games, Steam has the tendency to leave behind a massive number of junk files.

This happens because installing games on Steam and other gaming platforms also brings with it redistributable packages as a system requirement. After the installation is complete, these temporary files are no longer of any use.

However, some gaming platforms retain the files for quite a while. Depending on the games you have downloaded and installed, these unnecessary files can consume hundreds of megabytes of storage space.

For gamers lucky to have terabytes of free storage, this by no means poses a problem. But for those who use a solid-state drive, freeing up space is necessary.

With Steam Cleaner, gamers can now delete huge volumes of unwanted files left behind by gaming platforms. The tool requires no installation or configuration after the download process. Simply click the download file and Steam Cleaner runs.

The software will automatically scan all the installed games on your platform and display on its dashboard all the unnecessary files. The list contains the program path, file name, and the total program size. Click the trash icon to initiate the cleanup process in just a few seconds.

Steam Cleaner not only removes unnecessary files from your gaming device but also deletes the junk from your hard drive. It also lets users set the program path if platform detection fails. There’s also an option to store the files in another location, though users might ignore this feature.

The tool is available to download from GitHub. Before downloading the tool, make sure your computer has Microsoft .Net Framework 4 installed to run Steam Cleaner properly.

FAQ: Read more about Steam temporary files

  • How do I delete steam temp files?
Open the Steam Client and go to the Settings panel. Now select the Downloads tab and you will see the Clear Download Cache button at the bottom. Then click OK to confirm. You will need to login to Steam again.
  • What happens if you clear download cache on steam?
It’s OK to do that from time to time, and more often if you use Steam a lot. That’s because the Download Cache can become oversized. Moreover, sometimes, clearing the cache can help fix games that aren’t running correctly. 
  • Is it OK to delete all temp files?
As the name says, temp files are temporary so it’s OK to delete them. Don’t panic if you see a message saying that you can’t delete a file because it is in use. Skip them for now, and you will probably be able to delete them also after a reboot.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.