P: Search for Duplicate Photos after import

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Explorer ,
Jan 09, 2022 Jan 09, 2022

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I can't remember the last time I ever had to worry about duplicates but recently I imported pictures manually from my camera roll and it clearly has imported hundreds of duplicates (with identical filenames mind you). This exclusively happened to HEIC and JPGs from my iPhone's camera roll so it feels like a bug specific to iOS perhaps.

 

All this brings up the very odd choice of not offering the same deduplicate feature available within the import flow *after* the images are already in the library. In my case, that's hundreds of photos I have to hunt for manually, when the process would be instantaneous if the dupe finder was available outside of the import flow. 

 

It would also be incredibly useful to be able to group photos from the library that are not *quite* duplicates but very identical (think bursts or multiple edits of the same shot) and allow me to find them, pick the ones I want to keep and either delete or mark the others as rejected. 

 

I'm not quite sure what version of Lightroom for iOS I was running when the duplicated import issue happened but I'm currently on v7.1.0 if that's any help. 

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New Here ,
Sep 03, 2018 Sep 03, 2018

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Hi,

I migrated my icloud photo collection (120.000 images) to Lightroom CC recently. Somehow my Lightroom collection contains a lot of duplicates images (master doubles, master/low res doubles etc...).

How can I find and remove duplicates and/or similar images in Lightroom CC (not Classic)? It is not a realistic option to manually find these duplicates with these amount of photos so there must be a way to let the computer do that?

Best,

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 09, 2018 Oct 09, 2018

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Hi CvT,

Sorry to hear that. Could you please explain how you started the import in Lightroom CC? Did you exported all the images out from iCloud and then imported them into Lightroom CC. Does the duplicate images have a different name?

Please refer the below discussion to get some idea about the correct import workflow for Lightroom CC from different applications.

Remove Uploaded Duplicates After Migrating To Lightroom CC

Regards,

Mohit

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New Here ,
Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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Hello, I'm coming from LR classic, just made the transition to CC. I have nearly all my pictures in duplicates. That's really bad, and I just can't delete them one by one... What can I do ?

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New Here ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Same issue here.  Somehow last couple of weeks my collection doubled or nearly doubled.  I have tons of duplicates.  I use lightroom classic as my primary and lightroom CC is just synced from it.  I have 50k in the classic and over 80k in CC suddenly.  I am not sure how the additions occured or where they came from.

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New Here ,
Jan 30, 2020 Jan 30, 2020

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That link does not even exist anymore...
Why is there no feature to remove duplicates?
Simplest explanation on how they are created in todays world:
Whatsapp does differentiate between sent and received images. Therefore images you received or send, are both saved an therefore you have your original high resolution image and the one, that you sent, which gets cropped and downscaled. I got at least 3000 duplicates in my lightroom now...

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New Here ,
Feb 12, 2020 Feb 12, 2020

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Hello everyone,

 

Any news on the issue above?

I am experiencing similar problem and Im struggling to find relevant answer.

 

Thanks,

 

M

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New Here ,
Apr 25, 2020 Apr 25, 2020

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Just to say I have exactly same issue. Maybe it's better for me to re-import all images again from Classic. Don't want to spoil the party but CC still seems a beta compared with Classic. Not sure why Adobe is hell bent on migrating us to a worse product

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New Here ,
May 09, 2020 May 09, 2020

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Any answer to this?

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Explorer ,
May 28, 2020 May 28, 2020

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I too need this feature. When I migrated from Lightroom Classic to CC it only successfully migrated my collections. All the folders I had were just dumped into a single folder and album in CC. I'll note that it only succesfully took applied profiles for photos in collections.. and the mass dump folder has 0 edits at all. Great. That's thousands of photos. Now I have to manually go through them all to re-organize.. and I am finding this creates duplicates between the collections that were successful and the other giant folder Lightroom created. 

 

I'm blown away that they have such a great feature for facial recognition that is automated.. and no feature to find and remove duplicates.

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New Here ,
Jul 13, 2020 Jul 13, 2020

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Same problem.  Plus, images that have been downloaded after the migration are also doubling and trippling.  I think they reproduce overnight!  "The Trouble With Tribbles"

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New Here ,
Oct 29, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

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Yes me too this feature should be a priority for Adobe.

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Guest
Dec 27, 2020 Dec 27, 2020

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Would love this feature as well... How hard can it be to add a "remove duplicates" option that lets you keep the highest def files. 

 
 

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New Here ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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I'm with you guys. Looking foraward for any solution to remove duplicates from cloud

Thanks

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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Same problem here. Seems like a basic feature that should have been added a long time ago. The simplicity of Lightroom CC is so frustrating. It feels like an Apple or Google product that intentionally removes the control you have so it's "easier" for people.

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New Here ,
May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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Can you please update your post and correct the wrong link ? It sounds we are many people looking for such feature. 

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New Here ,
Oct 24, 2021 Oct 24, 2021

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Any progress or even outlok on this simple feature?

 

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Community Expert ,
Jan 10, 2022 Jan 10, 2022

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Do you happen to have an iPad as well? We often see this where iCloud Photos is syncing photos to both devices, and one or both have LR's Auto Import enabled.

 

I do agree that post-import duplicate detection would be very useful in the cloud ecosystem. I'll move this to a feature request, but if a moderator remembers an existing feature request (which I can't find right now!) already exists, they might merge it.

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Explorer ,
May 06, 2022 May 06, 2022

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What about. Yeah a basic feature like that should be present in Lightoom CC. Especially when our customers pay a monthly subscription for it.

 

And you respond with a question like that?

No wonder Lightroom CC in 2022 still misses some essential basics that every image library/editor has and should have.

 

2 years later. No reply. Incredible. 

 

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Explorer ,
May 28, 2022 May 28, 2022

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I need a featrure to find duplicate photos in Lightroon CC (not Classic) so I can delete them, or so the feture could offer to delete them.

According to a post from 2018 lasting through 2021 there is other people needing this feature.

I am currently using Lightroom version 5.3

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Community Expert ,
May 31, 2022 May 31, 2022

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Feature gets my vote. It appears that there aren't any other votes on this feature yet, so if you'd find it useful, please click the Upvote button in the top right corner.

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Explorer ,
Jun 01, 2022 Jun 01, 2022

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It would be nice if you just upvoted my feature request. I think people may be confused  by your reply, now upvoting your reply instead of my feature request.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 01, 2022 Jun 01, 2022

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@HenrikRasmussen I don't think they're too confused, this request had no votes when I posted, and now has 6. The voting system here is relatively new, and wouldn't have existed when this thread was originally created. Mentioning it allowed other people following the original thread to come back and vote. 

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New Here ,
Jun 22, 2022 Jun 22, 2022

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Uma função para desfocar o Fundo junto com as máscaras de seleção seria muito bem vindo e útil principalmente na versão mobile. 

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Engaged ,
Jun 28, 2022 Jun 28, 2022

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I am slowly importing, and loading older images from multiple sources.

This is leading to duplicate images. Previously with Classic I used external tools or plugins to find duplicate images. The best tools used either a pixel hash excluding a border amount (very fast, but will miss some changes to the image), or used interest point (very slow, but more accurate).

I would like to see such a framework added to Lr; or a plugin architecture allowing for such a third party tool to be developed.

Note: would likely need configurable settings if duplicates found to ignore if select metadata does not match (such as root filename and capture time) to account for high speed capture sequences.

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New Here ,
Aug 11, 2022 Aug 11, 2022

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Adobe - Please, please , please give us a duplicate finder feature for Lightroom CC. I find it difficult/impossible to believe that we have yet to see this feature on what appears to be turning into your flagship photo manager. Anyone migrating their photos is likely to encounter this problem for one reason or another.  Your facial recognition feature is beyond awesome. It's been two years...  Clearly this should not be such a big ask?

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