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I want a software for Windows to find visually similar images (pictures) on my hard disk. My need is it must find a given image is visually similar.

That is, take a sample image as input and search throughout the computer and find any images visually similar to it.

I have tried many visually similarity image finders, but they all are only cross-checking each and every file against each other to find all possible combinations of similar images. None offers it for a single image specified, as I need it.

See Find visually similar images to a given image for Linux software.

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The best Windows tool I can find for this is Visipics http://www.visipics.info/index.php?title=Main_Page

It basically uses ImageMagick to fingerprint images, with a slider to pick out the similarity values.

However, it seems to only do bulk comparisons (so you can't specify one file to look for, only whole folders).

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    but can't you have a folder with only one image in it? – jmh Jul 22 '18 at 0:43
  • The problem is identifying filenames etc is not as straightforward, but it is possible. You tend to have to tell it to pick files from within a given foder and subfolders, and then specifically mark which ones to keep etc. – James Wallace Aug 6 '18 at 8:23
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Just found this today on my search for something similar. (I've been looking for this for years usually once a year. happened to be today)

https://sourceforge.net/projects/imgseek/

imgSeek is a photo collection manager and viewer with content-based search and many other features. The query is expressed either as a rough sketch painted by the user or as another image you supply (or an image in your collection).

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  • Wow! That looks very impressive! Upvote from me - welcome aboard, Jeremy :-) – Mawg Jan 7 at 12:49
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Try free Search by Image browser-based OS-independent tool (Windows, Linux, Mac etc.), which I developed. The limitation is the browser type (works best for Chrome and Firefox, some browsers do not support folder selection or too slow parsing the file directory), the file read speed, type of images (browser-readable only), and available memory. But if you have a good PC, I would say it is possible to scan 50000-100000 images without a problem.

In case of privacy concerns, it is possible to save and host the tool page locally (e.g. on http://localhost:8000/ with a local Python server). This way no information will pass to the Internet at all.

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    @NicolasRaoul There is no download or extension: it is a web application, so it works directly in the browser. It appears to be free to use, but the website doesn't seem to have any privacy policy, despite it claiming to collect usage data. Perhaps @ Similar.Pictures can help? – Charlie Harding Feb 11 at 17:54
  • @Charlie Harding: Thanks for voicing your concern about the privacy. To my best knowledge there is no need for the privacy policy statement, since no personal data (PII) is collected (as stated in the Terms of Service for each of the tools), while the additional collected statistics is not user-identifiable and is specified in detail. The privacy concern was the reason I fully reworked the code to process images on the client side (e.g. no images are uploaded to the server). Let me know the reason I may be wrong on the issue. – Similar.Pictures Feb 13 at 15:58

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