Mac users – delete just jpegs in folders

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  • Duane…
    Member

    Hi all,

    Running out of space on my mac, so trying to clear it out a bit. I have jpeg and raw copies of a lot of pictures, so want to delete all the jpegs. Is there an easy way to select just the jpegs in Finder – they are currently alternating jpeg and raw? Sorting by image size or type doesn’t do anything.

    Thanks,
    Duane.

    IA
    Member

    Do a search and delete them from there.

    Or in terminal:

    rm *.jpg

    would delete any files ending .jpg in that folder. They’ll be gone with no warning or recycle bin tho, so be careful!

    IA
    Member

    Oh and by search i mean type:

    “kind:jpeg”

    in the search box of finder, that’ll find any jpegs with whatever extension. Should be obvious how to choose current folder (rather than the whole mac!)

    Duane…
    Member

    Thanks. Searching a folder is good, but it also comes up with any jpegs in a folder within that folder – so risk deleting those by accident if I’m not careful.

    IA
    Member

    Oh, and “disk inventory X” is a good app to see where all your space has gone.

    chambord
    Member

    I’d have though sorting by size would make this easy?

    If that doesn’t work, then this may be a job for the terminal…

    Something like

    find /path-of-folder -name "*.jpg"

    will list all of the jpegs in a folder (And folders below that).

    If you are confident that all of these files can be removed then


    *DISCLAIMER – This bit will remove files!!! DO NOT DO THIS UNLESS YOU ARE SURE!

    find /path-of-folder -name "*.jpg" -delete

    Will delete them as well.

    Thanks. Searching a folder is good, but it also comes up with any jpegs in a folder within that folder – so risk deleting those by accident if I’m not careful.

    If you don’t want to search recursively then please ignore my advice above.

    You can do

    ls *.jpg

    to list all jpegs, and as IA says above,

    rm *.jpg

    to remove them

    IA
    Member

    Ok if you want just in a folder, the best way I know is the command line. Be careful though (or update your backups first!):

    In terminal, you change folder with “cd”, list files with “ls” and delete with “rm” and it’ll match patterns. So “rm *.jpg” removes any file ending with .jpg.

    E.g.:

    Macaroni:~ iain$ cd Pictures/
    Macaroni:Pictures iain$ ls
    Aperture Library.aplibrary LightroomMasters
    Desktop Photos Photo Booth
    DoubleTake Library Photo Booth Library
    Flowers-iPhone.jpg backgroundIdeas.jpg
    Flowers.jpg iChat Icons
    Google Photos Backup in-unsorted
    Lightroom
    Macaroni:Pictures iain$ ls
    Aperture Library.aplibrary LightroomMasters
    Desktop Photos Photo Booth
    DoubleTake Library Photo Booth Library
    Flowers-iPhone.jpg backgroundIdeas.jpg
    Flowers.jpg iChat Icons
    Google Photos Backup in-unsorted
    Lightroom
    Macaroni:Pictures iain$ ls *.jpg
    Flowers-iPhone.jpg Flowers.jpg backgroundIdeas.jpg
    Macaroni:Pictures iain$

    Duane…
    Member

    Am I doing something wrong if when I select the “Item Arrangment” box for a folder and choose sort by Name, it doesn’t sort by name – ie the list could still be:
    P10209
    G898
    P10298
    etc

    nickjb
    Member

    In Windows rather than delete them I resize them to a much smaller size. Makes it easy to browse what’s there and takes up negligible space. Should be possible on a Mac too.

    jamesfts
    Member

    Using Terminal seems overkill, why not just open the folder, change view to list and sort order by Kind. Select the first and (shift+) select the last and delete?

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