7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2008 2:34 PM by Old Toad
dj2008 Level 1 (0 points)
What is the easiest way to export whole iphoto library or set of iphoto albums? I use my mac as primary hub for pictures editing, cataloging etc., but then I would like to export them for use with PC. I found "export files" option but that requires me to export album one by one and also I need to create album directories. Is there a way to do this for whole library or set of albums?

I am ready to write a script if needed but inside iphoto directory, here are many directories and I don't know how to select the edited pictures from the albums I want to export.

Thanks in advance!

IMAC 20 inch, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,910 points)

    In Photos view, select all the pics ( -a ) and go File -> Export.


  • dj2008 Level 1 (0 points)
    That would work but won't keep albums, right?
  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,907 points)
    albums ONLY exist in the iPhoto data base structure - they are not real things but virtual things - your PC would have no idea aobut them unless it knows the iPhoto database and so far as I know no PC program does

    You can easily move the photos over but the database structure is imited to access via iPhoto and iPhoto aware software

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,910 points)
    That's correct. Did you want to keep albums?

    Obviously you can do them one by one, but you can also script or use automator workflows to extract individual albums.


  • dj2008 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, I want to keep albums as folders when I export. Looks like either I have to do one by one or write a script. Does anyone have automator actions written for doing this?

  • juliengirard Level 1 (0 points)
    i need the same script!
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,371 points)
    If you open the iPhoto Library package you can COPY the Originals folder to the desktop and from there to the PC. That folder will have subfolders that represent all of the Events in your Library.

    However, if you want the keywords, titles and comments to be embedded in the file they follow Terence's suggestion but with the option to include keywords, titles, etc.

    A third option, which will also give the keywords, titles and description embedded in the files is to:1 - follow the first part of Tutorial #2 and 2 - follow the instructions in Paragraph 1 above.

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier) database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 6 and 7 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.