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Delete without Trash ... This small application adds a missing feature to OS X - the ability to delete a file or folder without placing it to the Trash first. It adds "Delete" and "Delete as Administrator" menu command to Finder's context menu for a file or folder, and also adds the same commands to Services menu for a file system object.

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Version 1.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


OS X 10.6 or later

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flash1296gmailcom8977 Member IconReview+14

Fails to install under OS X 10.9.2

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Version 1.2

On the dev's website it says "to install this app on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or OS X 10.9 Mavericks, please disable GateKeeper before the installation. Right-clicking and choosing Open will display error with GateKeeper enabled." Hmm, I'm not keen on the idea of turning of Gatekeeper, so I think I'll wait until the app is code-signed before re-installing it.

Gewald Member IconReview+0

Running Mavericks when I try to install this it says the Install Apple Script is damaged and suggests I delete it. Something that needs to be updated?

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Version 1.1
Drdul Member IconReview+449

This is exactly what I have been looking for. I sometimes have files I want to delete rather than send to the trash, but I don't need to securely overwrite them 7 or 35 times as the "secure delete" apps do. Delete Without Trash installs two services that are accessible via the contextual menu, and optionally via system-wide hotkeys.

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Version 1.1
Ilyeah Member IconReview+5

Without a hotkey like SHIFT+DELETE this tool is useless

Simple Automator Workflow with shell-script
rm -rf "$@"

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Version 1.1

You can add any hotkey you want in System Prefs > Keyboard > Services.

Crororo Member IconReview+1

A little but useful app. Does not eat system resources, runs only by demand. I used to delete the files I don't want to Trash (let say some huge files or just files I need to get rid of) using Terminal command, now it will be more efficient. Thanks for this app!

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Version 1.1
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Downloads 1,492
Version Downloads 483
License Free
Date 14 Feb 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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