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MacWretch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How to use iPhoto Library Upgrader

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (70,670 points)

    1 - you only need it to upgrade from iPhoto 5 or earlier


    2 - backup your iphoto library (always backup prior to doing any update or upgrade)


    3 - you download the upgrader and excute it then do the normal upgrade



  • Lori2727 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That did not work for me. I downloaded and executed the upgrader, but it did not allow me to open iphoto.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (70,670 points)

    What version of iPhoto are you upgrading from - what version are you upgrading to? What version of the OS do you have?



  • Lori2727 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Currently on OSX 10.8.4. I upgraded from iphoto 5 to 11.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (70,670 points)

    What happens? Any error messages?



  • sandz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    same here

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,925 points)

    Go to your Applications / Utilities folder and double click on the Upgrader there.

  • felixds Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having similiar problems with the iPhoto Upgrader. I just bought a new Mini and am trying to restore/move my old iPhoto library (iPhoto'08...version 7) from my Time Machine on a WB USB Hardrive to the new iPhoto '11version 9.5

    the Upgrader says I dont have to upgrade these files, but iPhoto doesnt seem to recognize the Library I have restored at all. I have done this procedure and restarted 5 times now to the same results.

    Tried repairing permissions, rebuildiing thumbnails, repairing the database and rebuilding the database each time. This is becoming very tedious and leading nowhere. The file is 1.4 GB.

    What do I do now?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,925 points)

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In early versions of Library Manager it's the File -> Rebuild command. In later versions it's under the Library menu.)


    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.


    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.

  • davesnewlion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    Feb 1, 2014 9:32 PM



    I have photos in an old iPhoto library that I would like to convert and add to my present iPhoto library. When iPhoto Library Upgrader came out I got it and haven't yet been able to use it for this intent. Every time I try to use it that I do not need to use it for this version of iPhoto, that "your library can open with the current version of iPhoto and does not need to be prepared with this tool." Every time I swithch to that old iPhoto Library and try to open one of the photos the page goes black except for a white exclamation mark inside white triangle. Can anyone here explain how I can get at the photos in the other iPhoto Library?

    MacBook, OS X Mavericks (10.9)


    OK. So its time to let Apple know anout this. It doesn't work period.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,925 points)

    Sorry but it does work, you have a different problem. That library is corrupted:


    try to open one of the photos the page goes black except for a white exclamation mark inside white triangle


    That means iPhoto has lost the link between the photo and the thumbnail.


    Do you have this library backed up? Can you try restore it again?


    BTW If you have Aperture 3.3 or later and iPhoto 9.3 or later you can merge libraries with Aperture.


    Otherwise the only way to merge Libraries is with the paid ($20) version of iPhoto Library Manager

  • davesnewlion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Terrence. Obviously I am not very knowledgable about these things. I don't have Aperture and perhaps will get it later. I do have iPhoto 9.5.1 though and would really one day like to have access to many of those old pics. Your advice has fixed my problem.

  • Begoña9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Terence,

    sorry that I come here with a completly different thema but I follow your answers since long and they are always excellent! And I do not know who could help... as I can not find the solution in Apple Support Communities.


    I am very afraid with my MacBook Pro: midd. 2012

    Prozessor: 2,3 GHz Intel Core i7

    4GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB


    Software: OS X 10.8.5 (12F45)

    Kernel-Version: Darwin 12.5.0


    iPhoto 11, Version: 9.4.3 (720.91)

    iPhone 4s, 64GB Version:7.0.2 (11A501),




    1. I have notice three days ago that Spotlight allways answers I should go to the web when I look for data in my computer. It seems that Spotlight can not find anything from my computer.


    2. Timemachine has no data before the 28th. January 2014 (!?) No idea why this happens


    3. In Finder window when I go to "Alle meine Daten"(= All my data) there is absolutely nothing means 0 objekts are there.


    4.In  Systemeinformationen (=Systeminformations) if I go to Software and then to Programs... there is nothig there because the Plug-In do not react quick enough (Das Plug-In hat beim Sammeln dieser Informationen nicht schnell genug reagiert). I am asking me which Plug-In it is and where to find it...


    5. On my iPhone the Photo-stream suddenly shows only 110 fotos from Dezember on, but in My MacBookPro the iPhoto Stream shows of course the lasts 1000 ones...from 25.01.2013 to 03.02.14 as it did allways before.

    I am not going to sync anything until I discover what is going on...


    6. On my Contacts suddenly appeared the link address of a "game" in my own card ( both in iCloud and Lokal AddressBook)... and I have never ever played an online game (!?). So I deleted this two links as I discovered them some days ago...




    I do not know what is going wrong here but I'm afraid to loose all my data in the computer, so I am making a secure copy in an external drive right now...

    Could it be a virus inside... a software problem may be...?


    The mayor  Problem is how to get the programms to work (Spotlight, etc), or how to repair them.


    I'm trying to find something wrong in the Protocols I have here, for example

    - the Repair protocol for users from 27.01.2012 ( /Users/Begona/Library/logs/fsck_hfs.log).

    - the Datasystem-Reppairprotocol from 01.02. 14 (/var/log/fsck_hfs.log)

    - the Installationsprotocol from 04.02.14...

    but I am really lost.


    Thank you very much for reading this, help would be high appreciated


  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (70,670 points)

    Your post has nothing at all to do with the thread that you threadjacked - threadjacking makes it diffiult to volenteers to figure your issue out, makes it difficult for you to find and understand the answer and confuses future readers thinking that the thread is one subject when in fact is has multiple subjects - please start a new discussion for new questions


    and You post as far as I can tell has nothing to do with iPhoto in any way


    As an additional note ther are no known viruses that affect the Mac so that is not a likely cause


    I will request that the Hosts try to figure out a place to put your post where it might get proper attention



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