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how do i find duplicates in iPhoto?

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Daryl Edelstein Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 6, 2013 6:30 AM

i took a ton of photos while in Paris both with my Nikon D7000 and my iPhone  I imported them into iPhoto 11 and how they're all jumbled together but I think there are duplicates, how do i find them?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)
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    Jun 6, 2013 7:19 AM (in response to Daryl Edelstein)

    There is no built-in tool in iPhoto to help recognize duplicates, you will need external tools:


    Have a look at Old Toad's post here: Re: how to find duplicate photo s in i photo

  • njmck1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 1:14 PM (in response to Daryl Edelstein)

    I need help with dupilcates also.  I downloaded duplicate cleaner for iphoto from the app store

    when i tried to run it - itold me to close photostream  I closed photostream and then retried, but it still told me to

    close photostream.  what am I doing wrong.  I have over 22,000 photos that I know have dups in it.

    Any help?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,125 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 1:46 PM (in response to njmck1)

    I've run iPhoto Duplicate Cleaner on a library with Photo Stream enabled and never got that message. As a test launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and create a new, test library.  Import some photos, some duplicates,  and test to see if the same problem persists. Does it?



  • njmck1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 2:37 PM (in response to Old Toad)

    I set up test library and it works perfectly.  so when I went back to the "real" library I get following

    Iphoto seems to be unresponsive or is busy performing some operations  if photo stream is enabled in iphoto please turn it off.  I have photostream turned off, so that it is not it.  I did notice that when I pick Iphoto as the library to review it says 0 pics where I have over 22,000 in that library.  In my test library it showed 6 pics.

    Any thoughts?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,125 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 10:37 PM (in response to njmck1)

    Apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    iPhoto 8 (09) and earlier- run the options indicated


    iPhoto 9 (11) and later- run  Option #4 to rebuild the database


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


    1 - download iPhoto Library Manager (iPhoto 8 or earlier or IPhoto 11 and later) and launch.


    2 - click on the Add Library button and select the library you want to add in the selection window..


    3 - Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the


    File ➙ Rebuild Library (iPhoto 8 or earlier)


    Library ➙ Rebuild Library (iPhoto 9 or later)


    menu option to rebuild the library.


    4 - In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.


    5 - Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.


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