Wednesday, June 13, 2012

See Your iPhoto Files in Finder

In the process of trying to backup some pictures to an external hard drive on my girlfriend's macbook, I ran into a bit of difficulty getting to the photos in order to copy them to the hard drive.  I did a search for photos and found them in the directory /users/NAME/pictures/iphoto library/originals/YEAR, but when I clicked through Finder to get there, double clicking the iPhoto library opened the iPhoto application.  In order to open the /originals folder, I opened the terminal and typed:

open "/users/NAME/pictures/iphoto library/originals"

Then you can peruse by date (or backup everything from 2011 and 2012).  If you know what year's pictures you want to see, you can type

open "/users/NAME/pictures/iphoto library/originals/2012"  where 2012 is the year you want.

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