6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2012 11:32 AM by Old Toad
chelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been updating my old libraries.  Everything has been working fine.  However, when I tried launching today, iPhoto will not launch.  Only the banner shows at the top of the screen.  I have tried opening with library manger and have removed plist.  (Neither worked)

Please help!!

Mac OS X (10.4.9), G4; MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad
  • 1. Re: iPhoto will not launch
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    Try trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder.


    (On 10.7 and later: Hold the option (or alt) key while clicking on the Go menu in Finder to access the User Library)


    (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)


    What's the plist file?


    For new users: Every application on your Mac has an accompanying plist file. It records certain User choices. For instance, in your favourite Word Processor it remembers your choice of Default Font, on your Web Browser is remembers things like your choice of Home Page. It even recalls what windows you had open last if your app allows you to pick up from where you left off last. The iPhoto plist file remembers things like the location of the Library, your choice of background colour, whether you are running a Referenced or Managed Library, what preferences you have for autosplitting events and so on. Trashing the plist file forces the app to generate a new one on the next launch, and this restores things to the Factory Defaults. Hence, if you've changed any of these things you'll need to reset them. If you haven't, then no bother. Trashing the plist file is Mac troubleshooting 101.

  • 2. Re: iPhoto will not launch
    chelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply and any help/suggestions you can give.  But I tried this before I posted and it does not correct the problem.  Any other ideas?

  • 3. Re: iPhoto will not launch
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    Why not give us a full list of all the things you tried before you posted so we don't waste your time - or ours.

  • 4. Re: iPhoto will not launch
    chelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry, the last thing I want is to waste anyones time. I appreciate your help.  Guess it was not clear in my original post:

    - I trashed the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder.

    - I tried using Library Manager to open varies libraries.

    Neither of these worked.   Again, all that shows when I launch iPhoto (either directly or using iPhoto Library Manager) is the banner at top and all options are grayed out.  Also, I can't quit iPhoto, I have to do a force quit to close iPhoto.

  • 5. Re: iPhoto will not launch
    chelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This problem still not resolved - anyone had the same issue?  If so, please advise possible solutions.

    Thanks for the help!

  • 6. Re: iPhoto will not launch
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,645 points)

    First Try this:  launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and try to create a new, test library.  Import some photos and check to see if the same problem persists. If it does try this:  make a temporary, backup copy (if you don't already have a backup copy) of the library and try the following:


    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your

         User/Home()/Library/ Preferences folder.


    2 - delete iPhoto's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your

         User/Home()/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder. 


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    3 - launch iPhoto and try again.


    NOTE: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding down the Option key when launching iPhoto.  You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.


    NOTE 2:  In Lion and Mountain Lion the Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and hit the Enter button - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.


    If you can create and use a new library then your current library is probable damaged.  In that case  make a temporary, backup copy of your library if you don't already have one (Control-click on the library and select Duplicate from the contextual menu) and  apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #1, followed by #3 and then #4 as needed.


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option
      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.