Location of pictures in Apple Photo

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by fergusor, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. fergusor macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Hi guys,

    Can someone let me know where I can find the original files for all my pictures in Apple Photos on the Mac?

    I've got a new Mac and I want to archive all my old photos from the old Mac to DVD and would rather copy the original files than Export from Photos.

  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    You'll find them in Home Folder>Pictures>Photos Library. You'll need to Right/Ctrl click and select "Show Package Contents to see inside it. You should find your pictures in the Masters Folder.

    Just be very careful what you do in there. You seriously mess up Photos if you start moving/copying/deleting form inside there. Much better, and safer, to just drag and drop from the main Photos window onto the DVD.
  3. Toutou macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2015
    Prague, Czech Republic
    In Photos there is an option to export the original file. Just highlight all your pictures, then choose this option and this should prevent any kind of mess.

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