11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2015 10:03 AM by dawnmarymac
EarthHobbit2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


I would like to have photo stream on my mac to import pictures in a specific folder instead of iPhoto.

Is there a way to do it ?

Reason is that iPhoto is not my library but Lightroom.

Thanks !

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Mike Kostyo Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    I have the same issue. Is this really only a feature for those who use iPhoto?

  • Wry Lopez Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same issue.  i would like to have photostream dump the images to a directory to which I can point Lightroom.


    A potential, sub optimal work around is to:


    go into Finder

    navigate to iPhoto

    Right-click - Show contents of iphoto


    then make an alias of the directory of your images.  Then, lightroom can copy those images into the library.


    Unfortuantely, this mean that after you pull them into Light Room, you still need to manually delete from iPhoto, otherwise, you carry two copies of the images.

  • Mike Kostyo Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    It seems like it would be better to be on a Windows computer in this instance. At least they can put photostream photos wherever they want.

  • EarthHobbit2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am currently finalizing an application that can store the PhotoStream pictures onto a given folder of a Mac (and possibly to the LightRoom library). Will let know when finished.

  • EarthHobbit2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have published my application called PhotoStream2Folder that allows to copy pictures from the Photostream to a folder of your choice.


    Link is http://www.petits-suisses.ch


    Any comment welcome !


    I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link.

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  • lnferno Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried your application but it didn't seem to work.  I selected the destination folder I wanted it to copy to, but it didn't seem to do anything.  Am I doing something wrong?

  • EarthHobbit2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Inferno,

    You need to have iPhoto 9.1.2 installed (but doesn't have to run), and PhotoStream enabled in System / iCloud for pictures.

    If it still doesn't work, leave me an email (it is on the site), and I will check the issue with you.

  • lnferno Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Earthhobbit -- it is working now, thank you!  I just made a donation.

  • portilaj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's possible to enable the Photo Stream to Lightroom workflow just using the built in Automator application in OSX...


    Since it uses native folder actions,  there's no polling or plugins neccesary.


    Instructions from here:  https://plus.google.com/101906353514641308377/posts/e1K1iZZFVbD


    Step 1: Create an Automator folder action to copy all files added to your hidden Photo Stream folder to a folder elsewhere on your computer.

    Start in Automator by creating a 'Folder Action' workflow. Click 'Choose folder', then press SHIFT-COMMAND-PERIOD while the Automator folder picker is open so that you can browse hidden folders. Choose the iCloud Photo Stream folder here: {USERNAME}/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub

    Add a 'Get Folder Contents' action to your workflow, being sure to check the 'Repeat for each subfolder found' option.

    Add a 'Copy Finder Items' action to your workflow, selecting a folder where you'd like Lightroom to import from. Something like "/Pictures/Lightroom Import" might be a good idea.

    Save your workflow. You've just activated an Automator action that copies new Photo Stream images to a folder of your choosing.

    Step 2: Tell Lightroom to automatically import images from this folder. In the Lightroom menu go to: File -> Auto Import -> Auto Import Settings... This will move the files out of the folder you just created and into Lightroom, leaving the hidden photostream directory un-modified so that we don't confuse iCloud or prevent you from viewing your Photo Stream on other iOS devices.

    Step 3: There is no step 3. Just go out and take some awesome photos. Next time you launch Lightroom, they'll be there, and your images will continue to be imported on the fly when Lightroom is open.

  • dawnmarymac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Trying to get the above process to work. However from the path provided in step 1, I cannot access my photostream. Momentarily, using the shift command period, I can access iCloud but cannot access anything within it. Any other help? I am willing to use the photostream app, but I am intrigued at the opportunity to work with Automator.



  • dawnmarymac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    nevermind! I was able to locate the folder described. Cany anyone tell me if it's possible to designate a specific icloud shared folder, not just the photostream?