I am updating product's attributes and images through program. The problem is that, it is adding new images everytime and appending _1 or _1_1 to the file. Hence a lot of duplicate files in the drive.

I searched in the forum for the solution. They say not to save the product twice. You can see below code that I have a function downloadAndImportImage() that adds images and later on I save the product.

What am I missing ? Thanks in advance.

function downloadAndImportImage($image_url, $_product, $num, $sku){


        if (file_exists($filepath_to_image)) {
            $_product->addImageToMediaGallery($filepath_to_image, array('image', 'small_image', 'thumbnail'), false, false);

    }catch(Exception $e){
        echo $e->getMessage();

function updateProduct(){
    if ($record[14] != $record[13]){
       downloadAndImportImage($record[14], $_product, 14, $record[0]);
   if ($record[14] != $record[15]){
      downloadAndImportImage($record[15], $_product, 15, $record[0]);


  • Hi there, check the answer & give feedback ;) Jun 28, 2018 at 10:10

1 Answer 1


You'd validate if current media values of product are the same as the ones you are trying to update. If same file exists Magento will append that _1 to filename to avoid overwriting files. This happens in lib/Varien/File/Uploader.php

static public function getNewFileName($destFile)
    $fileInfo = pathinfo($destFile);
    if (file_exists($destFile)) {
        $index = 1;
        $baseName = $fileInfo['filename'] . '.' . $fileInfo['extension'];
        while( file_exists($fileInfo['dirname'] . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $baseName) ) {
            $baseName = $fileInfo['filename']. '_' . $index . '.' . $fileInfo['extension'];
            $index ++;
        $destFileName = $baseName;
    } else {
        return $fileInfo['basename'];

    return $destFileName;

You can try changing that logic & use your custom method, rewriting _getNotDuplicatedFilename() method in Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Attribute_Backend_Media class, which calls above function

Another way would be running some clean process after your update, and delete unused images. You have some examples here



  • For now I am checking if an image with particular name is present or not. If it is present, I am simply not uploading it. Problem with this --> consider I have uploaded an image with name SKU1.png (from any external link), when I try reupload different image with SKU1.png name, it will not upload according to this logic. If I let upload images upload again and use cleanups, I might have to increase my storage only (~6GB images upload in one time). Cleanup process looks better.
    – Raj Kumar
    Jun 28, 2018 at 11:40

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