Is it safe to delete my iPhoto library?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MrFluffums, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. MrFluffums macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2011
    I relocated my entire photo collection, and Iphoto had copied my previous photos into iphoto, and now they are not in the place I moved them.

    Photo place 1 > Iphoto= Iphoto 1
    Photo place 1 > photo place 2

    Iphoto is still 1, and i need it to be 2!

    Is there a safe way I can delete my iphoto library, and then reupload my new library?
  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    I'm not sure I understand what you want to do, but if you hold down the Option key when you launch iPhoto it will allow you to show it where the default library is located.
  3. MrFluffums thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2011
    I want to delete my old iphoto library basically, adn begin fresh. IS there a safe way to do this?
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    If you haven't renamed it or moved it the default iPhoto library is called iPhoto Library and is located in your Pictures folder in your user folder. If you throw it in the Trash and then empty it, this will delete everything in your iPhoto library. All your photos, albums, keywords, etc. will be GONE! If you do this, then you start iPhoto the next time it will create a new iPhoto Library.

    An alternative to this is holding down the Option key when lauching iPhoto and it will give you the option of creating a new iPhoto library without deleting the old one and will use this new one as the default library unless you change it again by holding down the Option key.
  5. Mactrainman macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2015
    Disposing of iPhoto libraries on MacBook

    It appears that after updating all my iPhoto libraries to the new Photo app on 10.10.3 that the old iPhoto libraries are still there when I look in FINDER under the PICTURES folder. Each library has a file with the old iPhoto app icon and one with the new Photo app icon associated with it. Can the old iPhoto library files be deleted and if not MOVED TO TRASH how can they be safely disposed of?

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