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Question: Where are my iphoto photos kept on my Macbook Pro

I have a Macbook Pro (late 2011 running OSX 10.11.6) and cannot find my iphoto library. I need to move it to an external hard drive to free up space on my Mac, but under the "pictures" folder in Finder, I can only see "Photos Library" not "iphoto library" which I assume is not the same?

VIN, MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010), OS X El Capitan (10.11.6)

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Nov 16, 2017 7:30 PM in response to suzie2_99 In response to suzie2_99

Hello suzie2_99,


Thanks for visiting the Apple Support Communities. Since you running OS X El Capitan, you are most likely using Photos, the new photo app by Apple. This converted the iPhoto library for use with Photos.


If you open an app called Photos and all your pictures are there, that's the correct library, but please follow the information within this help article, as you may have to designate the System Photo Library properly, especially if you are using iCloud Photo Library: Designate a System Photo Library in Photos - Apple Support


Thanks and have a great day.

Nov 16, 2017 7:30 PM

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Nov 19, 2017 4:04 AM in response to i_rina In response to i_rina

Thanks for your reply! I do not use Photos, I use iPhoto rather and when Photos opens I can see my Events/Albums from iPhoto do not/have not mapped across so am reluctant to use Photos and have to recreate them all. Nor does Photos contain all the photos I have in my iPhoto library. Please advise....

Nov 19, 2017 4:04 AM

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