Changing the default folder for Photo Booth?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stevearm, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. stevearm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2007
    Hi all,

    I'd like to change the folder where Photo Booth saves all it's images. Is there any way to do this? Perhaps a Terminal command?

    Thanks, hope someone can help
  2. finnschi macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Just a wild guess ( I don't have my macbook with me at work so i can't test it)

    Create the folder you want your pictures to be stored at.

    Create a Alias of that folder , rename the alias to "photobooth"

    copy alias over the old photobooth folder

    might work...

    another Idea would be to use a auomator script to automaticly move everything in the Photobooth folder to another folder :D :D
  3. EHVio macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2010
    I know this is an old thread, but it's highly ranked in Google's search results when you're looking for an answer to this, and no one has really posted a solution.

    The alias idea worked! I had to use terminal, as Finder would not allow me to drop a folder in the Photo Booth Library.

    To do this:

    1) Create the directory you want to put the photos in. You can do this part in Finder.

    My reason for wanting this change is that I have 2 drives in my MBP, an SSD(256GB) for OS and software, and a traditional 1GB hard drive for mass storage. I don't want my images soaking up valuable storage space on the SSD, so for my purposes, I created a folder called Pictures on my second drive by entering the following in Terminal:

    cd /Volumes/*drivename*
    mkdir Pictures

    2) Rename original .../Photo Booth Library/Pictures folder

    You can do this in Finder or Terminal:

    cd ~/Pictures/Photo\ Booth\ Library
    mv Pictures *newname*
    You can name it whatever.

    3) Create the alias directory. This part must be done in terminal, as Finder would not allow me to create the alias for some reason.

    In Terminal (your current directory should be ~/Pictures/Photo Booth Library):

    ln -s *fullPathToTheNewFolder* Pictures
    And you're done :)

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