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How can I deal with duplicate files

New Here ,
Nov 10, 2019 Nov 10, 2019

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ave searched the help looking for guidance on how to deal with duplicate files - any ideas please.

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Community Expert , Nov 10, 2019 Nov 10, 2019

HI S_K_Marshall,

 

There is no easy & quick solution to this, very sorry. I'm even more sorry to say that this is "probably" a good thing, because you do not want images automatically tossed as that way you had no input on which version of that image to delete.

 

That notwithstanding, you didn't mention if you have duplicates in the same folder or differeent folders. If they are in the same folder and if they have a mostly similar name (e.g., myphoto_2213.jpg and myphoto_2213-1.jpg), that's pret

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Nov 10, 2019 Nov 10, 2019

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HI S_K_Marshall,

 

There is no easy & quick solution to this, very sorry. I'm even more sorry to say that this is "probably" a good thing, because you do not want images automatically tossed as that way you had no input on which version of that image to delete.

 

That notwithstanding, you didn't mention if you have duplicates in the same folder or differeent folders. If they are in the same folder and if they have a mostly similar name (e.g., myphoto_2213.jpg and myphoto_2213-1.jpg), that's pretty easy: look for all of the "-1" and delete them. If they are all over your computer (different folders), than using software like "PhotoSweeper," can help.

 

However, as you've discovered, Bridge cannot directly help you on this.

 

Hope that helps.

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New Here ,
Dec 24, 2019 Dec 24, 2019

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Many thanks for taking the time to respond - appreciated Scott

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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This answer was over a year ago. If not in Bridge - there must at least be some applications for detecting and removing duplicate (deduping) photos?

Can you suggest the best tools/Apps for deduping photos?

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Yes there are, you might want to check the App Store for your platform (Windows Store or Apple App Store) and see what is available.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 22, 2021 Jan 22, 2021

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Glad to hear there are applications to help... I am hoping to receive some recommendations from this forum, rather than the hit and miss of downloading and trying one ap after another.
Mac or PC is fine - whichever has the BEST Ap for efficiently accomplishing the goal.

Anyone have any recommendations?

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Community Expert ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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Maybe try macworld.com and pcworld.com for reviews?

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New Here ,
Sep 27, 2021 Sep 27, 2021

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If you still need it you can try dupeguru, which is on github.com . It does a decent job but you'll want to verify the files before you delete. If you use it be sure to use the "view details" option so you can compare a reference photo to one the one it suggests deleting.

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May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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I am sorry to say but what you say is just totally not helpful. I also have thousand photos that were duplicated while synchronization went bad and truly there should be duplicate finder in the lightroom. saying that it is good that there is no automatic way to do that sounds like - we have no klue how to make this work so good that we didn't do it yet.

 

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