Rifiuti2 is a for analyzing Windows Recycle Bin INFO2 file. Analysis of Windows Recycle Bin is usually carried out during Windows computer forensics.

Rifiuti2 can extract file deletion time, original path and size of deleted files and whether the trashed files have been permanently removed.

Special Note For 0.7.0

  • Windows binaries will be automatically built from Appveyor and published to Github.
  • Systems supporting UTF-8 encoding is mandatory, except on Windows console (file output is also in UTF-8). This shouldn’t be problematic though, as UTF-8 locale is pretty much standard for Linux and macOS these years. On Windows front, there are already many featureful text editors capable of opening UTF-8 unicode text files.
  • As a result, -8 option is obsolete and no more affects output in any way.

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It is designed to be portable, and runs on command line environment. Depending on relevant Windows recycle bin format, there are 2 binaries to choose from (most users would want first one):

ProgramRecycle bin from OSPurpose
rifiuti-vistaVista – Win10Scans \$Recycle.bin style folder
rifiutiWin95 – XP/2003Reads INFO or INFO2 file in \RECYCLED or \RECYCLER folder

Run programs without any option for more detail. Here are some more frequently used options:

-o <FILE>Output to file
-xOutput XML instead of tab-separated fields
-l <CP>Display legacy (8.3) filenames and specify its codepage

Please consult manpage (Unix) or README.html (bundled with Windows binaries) for complete options and detailed usage description.


rifiuti-vista.exe -x -z -o result.xml \case\S-1-2-3\

Scan for index files under \case\S-1-2-3\, adjust all deletion time for local time zone, and write XML output to result.xml

rifiuti -l CP932 -t “\n” INFO2

Assume INFO2 file is generated from Japanese Windows (codepage 932), and display each field line by line, instead of separated by tab

Supported Platform

It has been tested on Linux, Windows 7 and FreeBSD. Some testing on big endian platforms are done with Qemu emulator. More compatibility fix for other architectures welcome.



Windows binaries are officially provided on Github release page.

Note that 0.6.1 version is the last version that can run on Windows XP and 2003; upcoming versions would require Vista or above.


Others (Compile from source)

For OS where rifiuti2 is not readily available, it is always possible to compile from source.

rifiuti2 follows the usual autotools based procedure:

./configure && make check && make install