How can I delete duplicate photos from iPhoto?

anil May 28, 2010

How can one delete duplicate photos from iPhoto library on iMAC?

  1. Stefan Reitshamer
    June 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I wrote a $7 app called Duplifinder that finds and shows duplicates in your iPhoto Library:

    You can view the sets of duplicates, double-click to locate a photo in iPhoto, press Delete to delete a photo from iPhoto. Or just push "Move all duplicates to iPhoto Trash" to clean up.

    If you have any questions about it please email me at

    - Stefan

  2. Paul north
    January 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I suggest you go to and download Tidy Up for MAC. This will help you manage all your duplicate files.

  3. Frank79
    June 23, 2010 at 11:49 am

    What i wish it could do was replace duplicate pictures in albums with links to the original.

    Pre iPhoto, I used Picassa on the PC and it used folders instead of albums to organize photos. That meant to make more than one album, I ended up duplicating the picture. That's how I ended up with duplicates.

    • Tina
      July 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm


      I recommend you to ask this as a new question. Your chances of receiving answers will be much higher.

  4. Aibek
    May 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    try iPhotoDiet, It's free.

    Make sure to backup the photos beforehand, regardless of what program you're going to use.


  5. Anonymous
    May 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    You can use Duplicate Annihilator (a US$ 7.95 Shareware). Not a free alternative, but if you have a lot of duplicates to eliminate, this one is worth considering.

  6. Ian
    May 29, 2010 at 6:03 am

    To delete Picture from I Photo.
    Select picture, right click and on drop down menu select Remove to Trash, near bottom of menu.

  7. Steve Campbell
    May 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I'm not too familiar with iPhoto, but I'm assuming it has some kind of search filter for your photos. I know there are programs that can analyze all the files in a particular folder and return the results of files that appear to be identical in size/name.

    Maybe you can run a search like this to find identical files that you can then sort/delete.

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