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How to Clean Up Duplicates in Mac OS X

August 15, 2016

Fortunately, there are several tools and ways to find the duplicates quickly and easily. Let’s take a look at two ways on how to find duplicate files in the Mac OS X.

By using iDoctor:

There are 3 steps to remove duplicates with iDoctor:

  1. Download and install iDoctor.

  2. Click Duplicates Cleaner and start the scanning process.

  3. Select the items that you want to remove.


Of course you will need to check all files and folders one by one in order to find unneeded items. But at least the Finder will show you paths to all files with related names. Open Spotlight Search and type the name of the file that you think might be duplicated.

Duplicates are typically stored in the Photos and Downloads folders, so check these folders first.


You can also manage duplicate files in iTunes with its built-in feature that can find duplicate music and video files in your iTunes library. The feature doesn’t work with files that are not related to iTunes library, but it will help you free up some space if you have a big media library with duplicate files.

  1. Open iTunes, click the View menu, and then select Show Duplicate Items.

  2. Remove the duplicated files.

  3. Click View > Show All Items to get back to the default list of media.

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