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How to Find and Remove Duplicate Photos in Linux

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Clicked too many similar photos? Have saved the same photo in different folders? I know that feel.

You click photos on camera, send it through WhatsApp. Now you back up the images and you have two copies of the photos from the gallery and WhatsApp. It is annoying, cluttered and takes extra space unnecessarily.

I came across this issue while going through my father-in-law’s photo collection. Here’s what I did to find the duplicate photos and remove thm.

Find and remove duplicate photos with digiKam

digiKam is a free and open source utility for managing photo collections. It is primarily aimed at photographers but you do not need to be a professional camera person for using it.

Let me show you how you can use this tool for finding duplicate photos and if you feel like it, remove the duplicate ones.

Step 1

First thing first, install digiKam. It is a popular application and you should be able to install it from the software center or using the package manager of your distribution.

Install digikam from the software center

Step 2

When you start digiKam for the first time, it asks for the location of your image collection. Then it creates a SQLite database and then imports the images.

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