I have created many .gpx datas with my Garmin device, but due to the amount of data, I have imported the mapping data from my device several times (also because I didn't want it to be lost)...

As a result I have now many double or even 6 times the same point (including tracks, which I displayed as points also, so that I have the elevation) after I saved all the gpx-files as shapefiles and then merged them.

Is there a way to automatically erase the duplicates with QGIS, or if not with any other free software working on Ubuntu 12.4?

I very much appreciate your help!

  • Thanks a lot - it really worked out fine! I had a shape being merged from 3 Point-Shapes, consisting of more than 2.000 records, and some hundreds had the same origin, means being doubled in the database. So, with the 'mmqgis'-plugin, it was quite easy to "wipe" the doubled data records out of the file!
    – user48770
    Mar 11, 2015 at 13:59
  • hmm, the mmQGIS plugin didn't work for me. It comes back with Error: > Failure creating output shapefile: creation of layer failed (OGR > error:Failed to open Shapefile `C:\PROGRA~1\QGISWI~1\bin\temp.shp'. ) it seems it is trying to create a temp.shp in my program files - which it probably is not allowed to do by my Windows 8. Any idea how to make it work?
    – PeterB
    Aug 20, 2015 at 14:00
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Try the 'mmqgis'-plugin. There, go to Modify -> delete duplicate geometries and select your layer.

  • Nice! I didn't know this plugin! Thanks a lot :)
    – Lukas
    Dec 14, 2012 at 8:41

You can also use the v.clean tool under GRASS commands in the processing toolbox. To remove duplicates, set cleaning tool to rmdupl.

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