Delete Unscaled Images

Description

WordPress 5.3 added “big image handling” that scales uploaded images to a maximum size of 2560 pixels for use on the website. WP adds “-scaled” to the full size image file name. The original, unscaled images are kept on the server. This can mean that many large images are stored on the server that aren’t ever actually going to be displayed on the website. In my case, users are uploading 15MB files from their cameras.

After the scaled version and intermediate/thumbnail images are generated, the originals are no longer needed and just taking up storage space. Delete Unscaled Images will remove those unneeded files.

First, original images are deleted immediately after the resized versions are created for all new uploads.

Second, there is a bulk deletion tool in the Media submenu to process existing images.

Installation

See the standard installation instructions at WordPress.org or WPBeginner.

Reviews

Sseeboaseka 22, 2024
Having local backups of all of my original source photos, and never planning to regenerate thumbnails on this particular WordPress site, I went ahead with the drastic action of deleting all the originals. This plugin was very easy to use. Just know ahead of time what you’re getting into if you follow through with this action.
Muzigo 24, 2023
This plugin is simple and fast and works brilliantly! It saves disk space usage by quickly and effectively removing all of the original, unscaled images that were over 2560px on the longest edge when uploaded.
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Contributors & Developers

“Delete Unscaled Images” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.2

  • Added bulk delete Media submenu page.

1.1

  • Hooked into image upload to delete originals immediately.

1.0

  • Crude bulk process as proof of concept.