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How to Access Your Old iPhoto Library without iPhoto

The iPhoto app is removed by Apple from all Mac and iOS devices. So, it is almost impossible that a Mac user still has a working iPhoto app on their Mac device. The iPhoto app is gone but its iPhoto library is still there and it contains your important photos with your beautiful memories captured and/or stored earlier.

There are two methods by which you can access your old iPhoto library without opening iPhoto app on your Mac computer.

[Method-1] Access Photos through old iPhoto Library

01. Open Finder app on your Mac computer.

02. Click on “New Finder Window” option.

03. Scroll down to find out your user folder and open it.

04. Open Pictures folder and navigate to “iPhoto library” file.

05. Hold the Control key and click on “iPhot

05. Hold the Control key and click on “iPhoto library” file.

06. Now, select “Show Package Contents” option.

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Access Iphoto Library 02

07. Find out “Data.noindex” folder and open it.

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Access Iphoto Library 03

08. You will find all your pictures arranged in year wise folders.

09. Now, you can access all your pictures in the o

09. Now, you can access all your pictures in the old iPhoto library.

[Method-2] Access Photos in old iPhoto Library and Import them to Photos app

01. On your Mac home screen, click on Finder in dock.

02. Select “New Finder Window” to open it.

03. Scroll down to the user folder and click on it to open.

04. Open Pictures folder and navigate to “iPhoto library” file.

05. Hold the Control Key and click on “iPhoto library” file.

06. Choose “Show Package Contents” option to access the library.

07. Find out “Masters” or “Originals” folder and open it.

08. Here you can view all your photos arranged in

08. Here you can view all your photos arranged in year wise and month wise folders.

09. Now copy the “Masters/Originals” f

09. Now copy the “Masters/Originals” folder to the desktop i.e. home screen.

10. Wait till all the photos are copied and pasted on your Mac home screen.

11. Now, open Photos app on your Mac and select “Import” option.

12. Import the “Masters/Originals” fol

12. Import the “Masters/Originals” folder from the desktop.

After the Masters/Originals folder is imported to Photos app, all your iPhoto library pictures will be added to the Photos app library. Thereafter you can access all your new pictures and old iPhoto library pictures in Photos app on your Mac.

Wrapping Up:

We have explained two easiest ways to access your old iPhoto library without iPhoto app on Mac. You can not only access the pictures in your iPhoto library but also import them to Photos app on your Mac device. If you still have any query or question regarding how to access iPhoto library without opening iPhoto app then you can ask us in the comment section.


Create a New iPhoto Library

To create a new photo library, quit iPhoto if it's currently running.

  1. Hold down the Option key and keep holding it while you launch iPhoto.

  2. When you see the Choose Library dialog box asking what photo library you want iPhoto to use, release the Option key.

  3. Select Create New.

  4. Enter a name for your new photo library and click OK.

    If you leave all of your photo libraries in the Pictures folder, which is the default location, it's easier to back them up, but you can store some libraries in another location, if you prefer, by selecting it from the Where drop-down menu.

  5. After you click OK, iPhoto opens with the new photo library. To create additional photo libraries, quit iPhoto and repeat the process.

If you have more than one photo library, iPhoto always marks the one you used last as the default. The default photo library is the one that iPhoto opens if you don't choose a different photo library by holding down the Option button when you launch iPhoto.

Where Are the iPhoto Libraries Located?

When you have multiple photo libraries, it’s easy to forget where they’re located. That’s why keeping them in the default Pictures folder is recommended. However, there are many good reasons for creating a library in a different location, including saving space on your Mac’s startup drive.

Here's how to get iPhoto to tell you where each library is stored.

  1. Quit iPhoto, if the app is already open.

  2. Hold down the Option key and then launch iPhoto. The Choose LIbrary dialog box opens.

  3. When you highlight one of the libraries listed in the dialog box, its location is displayed at the bottom of the dialog box.

The library path name can’t be pasted, so you’ll need to either write it down or take a screenshot to view later.

How to fix error “you do not have permissions to make changes” on iPhoto

Start troubleshooting to solve the error, using below steps

  1. Click on iPhoto to launch the app and press command + option keys. (quit the photos app before you do so)
  2. The app will request you to start repair process
  3. Enter your credentials as administrator to initiate the repair
  4. The process takes some time, depending upon the photos you have saved on the system. Troubleshooting might have solved the issue to some extent, but if the repair process has stopped in the middle then the images are not accessible even after repairing the photo library, it can be hard to determine the reason. In such cases, it is recommended to repair iPhoto library and then rebuild the photo library database.

Quick Note: You can also use the ‘Rebuild iPhoto library database’ feature as shown below to rebuild the library if the above method fails to fix the repair library issue:

  • Click the Command + Option button and open the iPhoto option
  • Press the keys before the Picture Library Rebuild dialog box appears
  • For the database repair tool, click Repair iPhoto Library Database > click Repair.

The iPhoto launches successfully once the rebuild is complete, and you can see all your images once again. If the above steps have not solved your problem, Try the Mac console app.

If you get an error when moving Photos Library

  1. Select your external storage device in the Finder, then choose File > Get Info. 
  2. If the information under Sharing & Permissions isn’t visible, click the triangle 
 to see more. Make sure that the “Ignore ownership on this volum
  3. Make sure that the “Ignore ownership on this volume” checkbox is selected. To change it, you might first have to click the lock button erase the storage device to unlock the setting. If the storage device isn’t formatted correctly for Mac, or was used for Time Machine backups but hasn’t been erased, this checkbox won’t be present or won’t be selectable after unlocking. In that case, erase the storage device first.

If you have some other permissions issue with your library, you might be able to resolve the issue with the Photos Library repair tool.


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