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DJ-Cavity Level 1 (0 points)

I've recently upgrade my macbook pro to snow leopard (10.6.6) as well as to iLife 11 from iLife 08.

I'm trying to completely uninstall iLife/iPhoto so that I can reinstall iLife/iPhoto 08.

I accidentally made the mistake of deleting iPhoto from applications (i also deleted iMovie, iDVD and Garage Band) thinking that would uninstall it!

... I should also note that on my system there was absolutely nothing in the Mac HD>Library>Receipts folder pertaining to ilife or iPhoto that I could erase.

So I did this and reinstalled iLife 08 but everything reinstalled except iPhoto. When I did a spotlight search for iPhoto, it doesn't come up on my system.

Right now, it would appear that iPhoto is not on my Mac, I ran the installer again, and the same thing happens

Any suggestions of what I can do to resolve this issue?


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Message was edited by: DJ-Cavity

intel IMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,895 points)
    To re-install iPhoto

    1. Put the 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


    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.


  • DJ-Cavity Level 1 (0 points)

    Worked like a charm!
  • Ptilou Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks ! very useful !
    It works fine !
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,334 points)
    There's another folder that you can delete to completely remove iPhoto 11 from your Mac. That folder is titled iPhoto and is located in the HD/Library/Application Support folder.

  • Daleslad Level 2 (425 points)

    Just got in on this procedure as I want to get rid of iPhoto 11 and reinstall iPhoto 8.1.2 but unfortunately although I followed the instructions above it didn't work for me.


    After installing the bundled software and the old iPhoto from my installation disk I got this error message when I tried to open it.


    "You have made changes to your photo library using a newer version of iPhoto. Please quit and use the latest version of iPhoto."


    I did copy my iPhoto library to a flash drive so that I could later import them back into the new library but I don't understand why that should be a problem.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,334 points)

    You will not be able to open your current library (an iPhoto 11 library) with iPhoto 8.1.2 (09).  It can't be done.


    If your copy of the library on your flash drive is an iPhoto 09 library then copy it back to the Pictures folder (move the current library to the Desktop) and then open with the newly installed iPhoto 09.


    If you don't have a copy of the iPhoto Library before you upgraded to iPhoto 11 you will have to start over with a new iPhoto 08 library and import the Originals/Masters folder from your current library as follows:


    Start over from scratch with new library


    Start over with a new library and import the Masters folder from your original library as follows:  Creating a new library while preserving the Events from the original library.      


    1.     Move the existing library folder to the desktop.     

    2.     Open the library package like this.


    Click to view full size


    3.     Launch iPhoto and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.     

    4.     Drag the Masters folder from the iPhoto Library on the desktop into the open iPhoto window.




    Click to view full size


    This will create a new library with the same Events as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.




  • thebassman78 Level 1 (0 points)

    There's one scenario not covered here, which was affecting me and took me forever to figure out.

    If you run a Diamond BVU 195 USB graphics adapter for external monitors, you will never ever be able to see your pictures (at least under current driver). This scenario and a solution for black pictures in iPhoto with external monitors is described here. I hope this might help someone like me, since most discussions only have the standard 3 suggested solutions.

  • NoshaAbdullah Level 1 (0 points)

    excuse me, but I have the same problem DJ has, and i did all the instructions and follow all the steps Mr.Terence Devlin has said, but it didn't work. any suggestions ? :/

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,334 points)

    Make sure you've delete all of the receipts before installing iPhoto.

  • NoshaAbdullah Level 1 (0 points)

    Old Toad,


    I assure you I have deleted every single receipt as Terence Devlin said.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,334 points)

    What version of iPhoto are you running? What versions are you trying to install?  What's your system? What type of Mac, etc?  What are you using to try to reinstall iPhoto?

  • NoshaAbdullah Level 1 (0 points)

    iPhoto 9 I gues, because i erased it already and i forget what it is exactly.

    I tried to install iPhoto 11

    my Mac version is 10.7.3. Mac OS X. pro

    I am using App store to reinstall iPhoto

  • toots4u Level 1 (0 points)

    How do I get to HD/Library/Application/Support? I don't know where to find it.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,334 points)

    Are you running Lion?


    In 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.

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