Duplicate File Removal
Solid Explorer should allow users to find all duplicate files in a folder and select all duplicate files either by old or new relevance and removed completely. Would save a lot of data storage, particularly; cloud storages with tons of duplicate photos.
Many applications offer users to search and find duplicate files but not the ability to remove duplicates altogether.
Solid Explorer should be the first.
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james unna commented
I would happily pay for an add on from an app I like so much. The feature I would like is for shell file to be left in place of duplicate files (if desired) when, for example, the same song is encoded as:
~ a 10mb, high quality vbr mp3, (average bit rate 256kb/s) on an artist's album
~ a 20mb lossless .flac file on a "best of" album
~ a 5mb 192kb/s .aac on a various artists compilation file
I can choose one or more versions to keep and delete the rest while still leaving album folders untouched so if I decide to copy an album to my laptop where a shell file has been left the shell will refer the copy request to the file in whatever album the "real" audio track has been left.
To choose the best choice to keep for me I would like to be able to listen to key parts of the track "side by side" so to speak, 5 seconds of a, 5 seconds of version b, and like at the optician you say "b sounds better" then the same with "b.. or c"...
For those who aren't sure, or who know their children might have a different opinion with their better ears, the "Most popular option". For real technical types, details on where the audio differs, for example: frequency range, bit rate by frequency range, lossiness of encoding... even AI analysis of likely version closest to original or with rules like "accept lossy encoding where: .mp3 compression is to no less than 192kb/s or 160kb/s vbr AND file size is smaller than ½ .flac file or ⅒ .wav etc
Even better would be completely reliable AI that after learning your patterns of choice regarding weight you assign to quality, file compression ratio, and absolute size it then just correctly removed the files it has a high confidence that you would have removed then only seeks confirmation on marginal choices. As it you provide it more and more data it should bet better and better at choosing. A similar approach could be taken towards images and video.
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Aaron Kruse commented
It's been about six years since this was first suggested, is there any update on this? I agree that this would be a useful feature. One use case would be some of the files that get randomly downloaded on my phone and maybe copied/moved to other folders. Another would be files that I have setup to automatically get downloaded daily to Google Drive but are occasionally the same between two days. Additionally, I would want the duplicate detection to be fairly "smart" with the option to detect duplicates based on CRC checksums or something that otherwise compares actual contents (and not just same filenames or file sizes).
Is there any hope for getting this support built-in, or should I be looking for something else to serve this particular purpose? Just wondering if waiting will pay off or not.
Jeb Eldridge commented
It might help out the project considerably to implement a duplicate file detection algorithm already used in open source and well-documented apps, like this one:
Jeb Eldridge commented
I need this, especially with support for cloud storage.
This is something every file manager must have.
Rokas Kontvainis commented
i need this feature, please, especially for google drive
I would absolutely love this feature. Especially if the cloud was supported. Would be very handy.