Free software to delete empty folders in Windows 10/8/7

A TWC forum post asking is it safe to delete empty folders, made me search for some good empty folder deleting freeware. While you would make no real space savings as they occupy 0 bytes, if it is just good house-keeping you are looking, it may be a good idea. Do read the forum post before you proceed.

Delete empty folders & directories

There are several free software available to delete empty folders. Here are four I came across:

Empty Folders Finders

Remove Empty Directories shows the 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 and can detect directories with empty files as empty. It allows you to ignore certain directories and offers various other options. It also identifies Protected folders.

Remove Empty Directories lets you find and delete empty folders and directories right from the context menu itself. This is quite convenient in my opinion. You have to open its Settings and click the Integrate button to integrate the programs entry in to the explorer context menu. Get it here.

delete empty folders

Empty Folder Nuker is a portable app which finds and deletes all empty folders (with empty sub-folders) starting from a base folder of your choice. It allows you to delete the files to the Recycle Bin where available. A plus here is that it allows Shell integration, thereby letting you right-click on any folder in Windows Explorer and find empty folders within it. Download it here.

FMS Empty Folder Remover is another freeware tool which is a useful application that will enable you to easily get rid of unwanted directories. This lightweight tool scans a source folder and instantly identifies the empty directories within. Go here to get it.

Fast Empty Folder Finder finds empty folders quickly, shows you a preview of its contents, and gives you the option to delete those folders to the Recycle Bin or directly. Download it here.


As matter of abundant precaution, for the first time, I’d suggest you empty your Recycle Bin, create a system restore point and then, if the software, allows you to, opt to delete the empty folders to the Recycle Bin, rather than just directly deleting them.

Is it safe to delete empty 0 byte files may also interest you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Navjot

    somebody help me deleting this empty folder

  2. m

    most likely this is a leftover from a windows installation , you will need to take ownership of the folder and sub folders , and set a full control permission for your user account then you should be able to delete it normally : From properties>>security>>Advanced>>owner ……etc

  3. NoMoLies

    Fast Empty Folder Finder can’t handle a path longer than 260 characters. It’s a serious flaw.

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