Detecting Duplicate File Content

M-Files automatically detects if there are documents with identical file content in a vault. The feature works with all file types. For example, text files, pictures, and ZIP files. However, you can only see the duplicate documents to which you have permissions. For more information on how the detection is done, see the How does the duplicate detection feature work? page.

Duplicate file content is shown:

  • In the listing area. You can see the documents with duplicate file content when you expand the object. The duplicate documents are shown under the Duplicate File Content node.
  • When you create new objects. M-Files shows the Duplicate File Content dialog if it finds documents with identical file content in the vault.

Video: How to Detect & Avoid Creating Duplicate Content in M-Files

To see if your content has duplicate file content, add new content to the vault. If M-Files finds duplicate documents, it shows the documents with duplicate file content in a dialog. Otherwise, the Create Document dialog is opened.

If the Duplicate File Content dialog is opened, select one of these options:
Select the option... If you want to...
Do Not Create Add the document with identical file content.
Create Anyway Add the document to the vault.