There are different ways you can find duplicate files on Mac. Apple Finder has the built-in feature “Smart Folder” you can try first. You can make use of it to narrow a folder by kind, date, name, file type, file extension, size, and so on thus easily identify duplicate files on Mac. There are also several third-party apps, specifically designed for this purpose, which makes this process easier and more seamless. Check out details below.
Search duplicate files using Smart Folder on Mac
Open Finder. Navigate to the folder you like to search for the duplicate files and documents. Go to Apple Menu > File > New Smart Folder. Click the + Plus button in a top right corner and select search parameters to filter the files. Repeat the steps to filter the files and narrow down the search.
Double check and confirm the files are duplicates before moving them to Trash.
Finding duplicate files using dupeGuru
dupeGuru duplicate file finder is a free, cross-platform (Linux, OS X, Windows) GUI tool to find duplicate files on Linux, OS X, and Windows PC. dupeGuru had three main modes: Standard, Music and Picture. Different app mode comes with different scan types. Click + button to add a folder or drag them to the list. Click Scan button at the bottom right corner to start scanning for duplicate files on your computer. After that, you’ll see a list of duplicate files arranged into groups, and you can select which ones you want to remove.
Finding duplicate files using Duplicate File Finder
Duplicate File Finder for MAC is an easy-to-use app to help you find and remove unnecessary duplicate files and folders and thus free up precious disk space on your Mac.
Like dupeGuru, you can use this app to get rid of duplicate files on Mac in just a few clicks. Firstly select a disk or folder to scan for duplicates, then select duplicates, finally review and remove duplicates.