PhotoSweeper is a fast, precise & super efficient tool to eliminate similar or duplicate photos even in huge photo collections. It works with Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, Capture One and Lightroom media libraries as well as photos from your hard drives and external storages.

“Swift, easy to use, thorough, analyzes specific libraries, can search according to various criteria, offers choices in photo handling” TheNextWeb
"PhotoSweeper packs a powerful punch in de-cluttering any size collection. 9/10" Mac.AppStorm
"PhotoSweeper is a simple and efficient utility for organizing photos. 4.5/5" Macworld
"The interface is a breeze to use. 9/10" MacNews
"I do like this app, it works really well and under the hood is written to utilize the abilities of your Mac." MacTricksAndTips

PhotoSweeper will help you if:

• You take a series of shots of the same scene trying to get the perfect one.
• You edit photos with software like Photoshop, Pixelmator etc., and make backups just in case.
• You have photos scattered on external hard drives and local disks, in Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture or Lightroom libraries.
• You have a mess in your photo collection or just want to free disk space by removing junk photos.


• Easy search of photos
Just drag and drop folders from your Mac to allow PhotoSweeper to find all photos inside. Add more photos from your Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, Capture One or Lightroom library via the Media Browser window.

• Flexible comparison settings
Powerful multi-settings to easily find duplicates, similar photos, series of shots. The app finds duplicate photos, even those edited in external programs such Photoshop, regardless of image size or format.

• “Side to Side” comparison
Find duplicates between two groups of photos while ignoring those inside each group. It allow you to compare the contents of two folders with each other or find similar photos to a single image.

• High speed and quality
PhotoSweeper was developed as a tool for extremely fast comparison of a huge number of photos. Cutting-edge technologies and unique algorithms make searching duplicates incredibly fast and gives excellent comparison results.

• Efficiency
You can regroup the results without re-comparing photos by changing matching level with a slider. Using caches makes the next comparison much faster.

• Marking duplicates automatically
Mark photos you want to get rid of manually, or use the "Auto Mark" feature to mark duplicates automatically based on the list of rules you can adjust to your needs in the Preferences.

• Comfortable viewing results
PhotoSweeper provides 3 modes for reviewing results: “One by One”, ”Face-to-Face" - one or two large photos with an opportunity to mark a photo with just a click, “All in One“ - all groups of duplicates in one list.

• Great photo browsing
PhotoSweeper also serves as an up-to-date photo browser with a built-in search of photos by metadata, Quick Look preview, the "Info" panel with a detailed photo description, including histogram and image metadata (EXIF, IPTC etc.).

A comprehensive user manual is available on our site:

What’s New

Version 3.7.0

+ Extended the list of supported video formats, including AVI.
+ Improved integration with Photos 5.
+ Made PhotoSweeper even more awesome by fixing issues reported by our customers.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
383 Ratings

383 Ratings

cccpowns ,

Actually works and reliable!

So I just backed up my iPhone today because the last time was in January… I noticed that every time I uploaded all of my photos to my iPhotos, it would duplicate every photo. It has been doing that for a while and I need to contact Apple for that matter. So I downloaded a few free Photo duplicate apps and they seemed to be working… They helped me removed a good amount of duplicate photos. But after all of this, I quickly surfed through my photos and there was still duplicates left! The free applications were saying they were no more duplicates remaining which meant they wanted you to pay money for the rest. I rolled my eyes and quickly googled the best applications that were legit and did their job. This application’s name popped up but when I opened it through the Appstore, the price made me grind my teeth. I quickly saw the ratings and the great reviews and I wanted the nightmare to end immediately. I purchased the application and within minutes, I had roughly 600 duplicate photos that were detected and immediately deleted. I do not regret this purchase, all the weight from my shoulders have been lifted off. All I know is that if this ever happens again, this application will have my back. A big caution to all potential buyers, the more photos you have, the longer it’ll take. For example, don’t expect the application to go through 70,000 photos within the next 10 minutes, it’ll take time which is normal.

KeithWA ,

Just absolutely brilliant

I had a specific problem that I needed solved: Identical duplicates with unique metadata that completely fools any less sophisticated programs. I had added most of my paper photos to my library by scanning using an HP feeder scanner for standard size photos. Problem #1: some packs had been ordered with duplicate copies from CVS. After scanning each duplicate has its own metadata and slightly different digital characteristics. That was 2010. Then in 2017 I did it again (dont ask why). Now I was at 144,000 photos with up to 4 copies each with unique metadata. Crisis! First run with PhotoSweeper on basic settings eliminated 40,000 exact duplicates. Then using the advanced features that search for identical color balance in the photo. That took out another 10,000. The program nearly always defaulted to the best shot (highest megapixels, and some other AI algorithms). I checked 100 of the duplicates at random and only found 1 photo where I would have kept a different image. On my 2017 iMac with 64gb ram the first run took nearly 10 hours running in the background, but I was able to continue WFH while it did its thing. The coder of this program should receive a nobel prize (maybe the noble prize too)!

finiteyoda ,

Wow! Best clean up tool for photo libraries I’ve ever come across

This tool does a great job of finding duplicates, not just exact duplicates, but photos that have been rotated, resized, or are even just very similar. It also has a great set of default rules for figuring out which image to keep automatically, which can save hours. But what most impressed me about this app, is how fast it is! I have two very large libraries of photos, about 45K in iCloud Photo Library, and another 60K or so in Lightroom. Any operation that involves scanning so many photos usually can bring either of those apps to a crawl, sometimes waiting days for an operation to complete (even when the entire library is on SSD). But PhotoSweeper just rips through those thousands of files so fast, it’s unreal. I think Apple and Adobe could maybe learn a few things from this software, I was totally not expecting this kind of performance from a third party app.


Ivan Prymak
27.5 MB

macOS 10.12.2 or later, 64-bit processor



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