4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2013 9:28 AM by Old Toad
jr998 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have abour 5000 photos in my iPhoto library, on my MacBook Pro.

Since several weeks editing of photos is slower et slower et quite often the application is hanging for tens of seconds or even a couple of minutes.

Is ther a possibility to reorganize the library to solve this problem ? Or should I archive i.e. remove photos, to make the library smaller ?

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (128,605 points)

    How much free space do you have on your hard drive? Do you have any sharing enabled in iPhoto's preferences?


    Apply the two fixes below in order as needed: 


    Fix #1


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.




    Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #3, followed by #4 and then #1 as needed.


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


    1 - download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.


    2 - click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.


    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 menu option.


    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.




  • jr998 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks for your help.


    I have 285 Go of free disk space (out of 500 Go of my HD) - so il should not be a problem.


    I will try the Fix n° 1, first saving the whole library on an external HD.


    Just a small question - as I am rather new on my Mac : where is the "Option" key on the keybord ?



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,450 points)

    It's sometimes called 'alt' and is beside the command key.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (128,605 points)

    I'm a little late to the party this AM but: