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I'm looking for a desktop search engine for finding images on my local hard drive with high visual similarity. I've only found paid for ones so far. It could be Linux or Windows software; either would be helpful. A Google Desktop plugin would be nice!

My first use case is being able to organise all the processed versions of a photo based on it's original, or finding the original of a processed image.

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That doesn't look like a duplicate from the title, I know, but click on it. :) – mattdm Jul 17 '11 at 19:54
Thanks for the pointer to the duplicate, there's lots of great information there and I'm now running imgSeek on my archive! :-) imgseek.net – barrymac Jul 17 '11 at 19:59

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ImgSeek is an open-source project that claims to do this.

DigiKam is apparently trying to add similar functionality.

Pixcavator is not open source, but there is a 30 day free trial.

If you're the DIY coder type, I wound up writing the DB-end of a system that allows phash similarity queries over a fairly large image corpus (10M+ images) in <10 ms/image.

It's part of a larger image deduplication system, and rather tightly coupled, but it's all online here.

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I'm trying imgSeek but it keeps crashing when I try to add my entire collection , about 20k images. It might get there eventually though and looks quite good – barrymac Jul 18 '11 at 15:52
Yeah. It was last updated in 2006, though. – Fake Name Jul 18 '11 at 22:04

After looking for a while I found the perfect solution. This program does exactly what I wanted and it's free: http://www.duplicate-finder.com/photo.html

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Geeqie, an image browser for Linux and friends, has this functionality, but I've never made serious use of it, so can't vouch for how well it works. It's a great, extremely configurable image browser in general, though.

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Try TinEye. They have in-browser plugins -- not desktop. See how it works for you. Also, Google Image Search is getting pretty good at this. It's worth taking out for a spin every so often.

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-1 : The OP specifically mentions he needs a local option. – Fake Name Jul 18 '11 at 5:07
+-0: That information was added to the question after this answer was posted. – blubb Jul 18 '11 at 8:15
@Simon Stelling - I considered that. The local information was added to the title after the question was asked. It was always in the question body. OP: I'm looking for a desktop search engine for finding images on my local hard drive with high visual similarity. – Fake Name Jul 18 '11 at 22:05

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