2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 9, 2012 11:25 PM by Terence Devlin
CameraObscura Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I used iPhoto just yesturday, but today when I went to open it it would not open and instead showed a question mark where the application is in my dock. I am very worried that if I can not open iPhoto all of my pictures will be lost. My main concern is not necesarliy getting iPhoto to work but retreaving my pictures. They are very importnt to me.


Thanks to who ever can help

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: I can not open iPhoto, are all my pictures lost?
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    It seems like the app has disappeared. Reinstall the app. To check that your pictures are saved, open Finder and go to Pictures folder. You must see a file named "iPhoto Library": it contains all your pictures. After reinstall the app (and update iPhoto to 9.2.3), you should open it and your pictures should be here

  • 2. Re: I can not open iPhoto, are all my pictures lost?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    To re-install iPhoto


    1. Put the iPhoto.app in the trash (Drag it from your Applications Folder to the trash)


    2a: On 10.5:  Go to HD/Library/Receipts and remove any pkg file there with iPhoto in the name.


    2b: On 10.6: Those receipts may be found as follows:  In the Finder use the Go menu and select Go To Folder. In the resulting window type




    2c: on 10.7 they're at




    A Finder Window will open at that location and you can remove the iPhoto pkg files.


    3. Re-install.


    If you purchased an iLife Disk, then iPhoto is on it.


    If iPhoto was installed on your Mac when you go it then it’s on the System Restore disks that came with your Mac. Insert the first one and opt to ‘Install Bundled Applications Only.


    If you purchased it on the App Store or have a Recent Mac you can find it in your Purchases List.