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How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?

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They used to be organized based on the name of my folder in iPhoto (year -> month -> folder name from iPhoto), but now there are many folders organized by year -> month -> day -> and then tons of folders titled by a series of numbers that make absolutely no sense to me. Is there a way to get the folders organized the way they used to be? Also, when I look into those folders, most of them are empty, some have one photo, and others have hundreds of photos. I just don't understand the way they are being organized. Thanks!

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,710 points)

    The folders are now organized by the date of the "Import session".

    When you import an event it will be stored in folder labelled by the year of the import date, then the month of the import date, the day of the of the import day. And then a folder with a uniquique random name for each import on that day. There is nothing you can do about this naming scheme. Only iPhoto needs to be able to access the photos this way. For the users other means of accessing the photos have been provided. See Terence Devlin's User Tip:                   How to Access Files in iPhoto

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)

    The numbers are the date and time of import.




    That's 2013 /10/29 and the time ws 15:02:41 or 3:02pm plus 41 seconds.


    Never, ever access your photos this way.


    No there is no way to get the other organisation back, and no need to.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,710 points)

    Is it possible that a folder is created each time I take a picture on my phone, and even though I delete many of those photos, the folder remains?

    What kind of iPhoto items (events) do correspond to these empty folders? When I import folders from my Mac, and delete all items in the event, then no empty folders will be left behind in the library. Do you see thes empty folders only for imports from your photo stream?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,710 points)

    If the empty folders worry you, back up your iPhoto library, if you have no current backup, and try the Library First Aid tools, if they will remove them.


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down, until the Library Firtst Aid Panel appears and try the first Aid options in turn: epair permissions, Repair database, and Rebuild ibrary.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,450 points)

    An empty folder has zero bytes so they don't take up any space at all like this one in my library.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-09 at 11.37.53 AM.jpg


    There's nothing to worry about as far as they are concerned.



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)

    As your library has been updated from version to version all that's happened is one or other of the updates along the way didn't clean up after itself very well. As OT says, these folders take up no space, so ignore.


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