Developer: Gwinno Software, Inc.

Current Version: 2.2.6

Last Updated: 7 months ago

Download Size: 14.1 MB - Download


** Apple Photos support **

PhotoSweeper is a fast, precise & super efficient tool to eliminate similar or duplicate photos even in huge photo collections. It works with photos from Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and Capture One 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, Lightroom or Capture One 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, Lightroom or Capture One 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.

• 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:


Release Notes:

Ready for macOS Sierra and Apple Photos 2.x.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 0
Review by Ramatsu

The only one worth getting - Actually, I may not have tried *every* other solution, but none of the others I’ve tried came even close to Photosweeper. I threw a 160Gb Aperture library at it and it didn’t blink. WIth the library on an SSHD, it was amazingly fast at finding - for all practical purposes - all the duplicates. A few minutes, really. (Expect a much longer process if using a disk drive instead of SSHD, but that’s nothing that any program can cut down for you.) At least one of the other popular solutions out there marks duplicates but doesn’t let you see them side by side with all the info you need to make decisions, which Photosweeper does. You can also just let it go to town and delete based on your criteria after you’ve tightened it up enough to feel that you can trust the results. (Pretty important when trying to merge and purge a bunch of old iPhoto/Aperture libraries with about an 80% overlap, like I needed to do.) A lifesaver. Actually, it’s saved the recorded history of everyone in my family, so that’s a bunch of lives.

Found helpful by 20 out of 21 people
Version 2.0.3
Review by whabib

Doesn’t work with Photos - Kind of weird that this was promoted just as Photos came out, which would lead you to believe it woks with Photos (and in fact it strongly implies it does in their tutorial). It doesn’t, which makes it sort of useless at this point, so I’d strongly recommend waiting on this purchase, or at least get a trial version and see if will work on your target photo collection first.

Found helpful by 8 out of 11 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.2.6
Review by alpatti

Very pleased - I want to move to a new computer by the end of the year, so this seemed like a good time to cleanup my photos. My computer says I have over 600,000 jpg files, mostly in iPhoto and Photo libraries. In the past I have tried other cleanup apps, but they were slow and did not give a clear picture of the results. PhotoSweeper is well laid out giving you a good visual display of what photos are considered duplicates. There are many options to fine tune how a duplicate is determined. I am still learning how to take advantage of all the options, but even just using the defaults I was finding duplicates within minutes of installing the software. One suggestion, if you are expecting a lot of duplicates, work with small groups. My first try was to compre 75,000 photos. PhotoSweeper found ~2000 duplicates within about 15 minutes. It was going to take couple of hours to convince myself that I was deleting the right photo and currently there is no way to save your comparisons, if you want to take a break from reviewing duplicates. I’m sure in time I will be more comfortable just deleting the duplicates without review. Finally, the support team has been FANTASTIC. I have emailed them a few times as I ws getting started. Their responses were right on target and extremely timely (usually less than 2 hrs and sometimes in minutes). As I said, Very pleased.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 2.2.6
Review by brettenwolf

Found 36 of 1300 duplicates - I am not sure how other users report such good results but I had quadruplets of photos in iPhoto that were never tags - that is using default Compare feature?? Some of the duplicates were from using iPhoto’s Enhance feature, but PhotoSweeper should have found those also. I also tried some Advance features and none of them improved the outcome. I wasted another $10 bucks …. if someone knows a product that REALLY works, please let me know.

Found helpful by 5 out of 9 people
Version 2.2.6
Review by Thetaguy

Top dog of duplicate finders - I have tried many dup finders over the years and actually have 5 in my applications now but after going back and forth many times between these apps I always default to Photo Sweeper as it has for me the best set up for finding and then checking over the found duplicates to insure I am not tossing the wrong one. You do have to learn to operate with the interface a little but it seemed the most intuitive to me and I quickly learned to adjust it to my needs so I could rid my self of many libraries worth of dups (iPhoto, Photos, Aperture, Lightroom ) saving me at least 100GB of HD space.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 2.2.6
Review by NewfD90

Awesome - I never leave reviews, but this application found and removed over 5,000 duplicates after my transition to iCloud Photo Library. Apple SHOULD do this without me having to buy a $10 app, but I digress...

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 2.2.6
Review by Deviant Relic

Does what it says and customer support is fantastic - I have a 30,000-photo library in Photos that has migrated from Windows to Mac iPhoto to Aperture to Photo’s over time. It’s a mess. On my first pass: 1431 photos were removed, saving 13.57 GB on your disk These are true duplicates… I looked at each and every one of them. Customer Service Experience: I had a problem determining how the photo selection process worked and contacted customer service with 6 questions. I was up late and wrote the email very late at night. They responded in 30 minutes. I exchanged several emails and they resolved my questions on how to optimize the search and selection of marked photos. The customer service team politely took a product improvement suggestion. A word of caution: Show filenames in the review process or you can mark/delete the wrong photo’s. Also, make sure you know what each option does before you actually mark and remove photo’s… Run it a few times and change the preferences. It will make all the world of difference on your happiness. Thanks for the great App.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people