5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 4, 2013 1:37 PM by Old Toad
mh158 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

After importing some (5) photo's from my scanner, and then editing one photo already in my Library, my iPhoto programme crashed! The cursor  spent around a minute as a rotating rainbow and then the programme closed altogether, then presenting me with an explanation in code running to several pages....


I have tried shutting down and restarting but the same thing happens.


So, at present I cannot access any of my photos that are on the iPhoto library. Please help, what do I do?





iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), iPhoto
  • 1. Re: my iPhoto is crashing!
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    1 - launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    iPhoto 8 (09) and earlier- run the options indicated


    iPhoto 9 (11) and later- run  Option #4 to rebuild the database


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


    1 - download iPhoto Library Manager (iPhoto 8 or earlier or IPhoto 11 and later) and launch.


    2 - click on the Add Library button and select the library you want to add in the selection window..


    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 (iPhoto 8 or earlier)


    Library ➙ Rebuild Library (iPhoto 9 or later)


    menu option to rebuild the library.


    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.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.



  • 2. Re: my iPhoto is crashing!
    mh158 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you for the reply and advice. I am following your advoce, Fix 1, it has been chuntering along with the rotatong rainbow for 10 hours now.....

    I will keep you posted,



  • 3. Re: my iPhoto is crashing!
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,775 points)

    Then it's not working. Go on to Fix 2

  • 4. Re: my iPhoto is crashing!
    mh158 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    could I do the same by downloading Picasa for Mac ??



  • 5. Re: my iPhoto is crashing!
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Do the same what?  I've not used Picasa so can't comment on it. I do know Picasa is a file management app whereas iPhoto is a digital asset management app based on a SQL database which makes it much more versatile.