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Restoring Photo Libraries

Applies to:
  • CrashPlan for Home
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This tutorial explains how to restore your entire iPhoto, Photos, or Aperture library.

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Before you begin

You may want to familiarize yourself with how photo libraries are handled by OS X and CrashPlan before attempting a restore.


  • We recommend restoring the entire library unless explicitly directed by an Apple representative, or you are certain that you need a specific file from within the library.
  • iPhoto, Photos, and Aperture libraries store metadata about your photo events and edits. If you restore photo files without restoring the library containing this metadata, then your events and edits won't be restored.

Restoring your library


  1. Open the CrashPlan app.
  2. Click Restore.
  3. Locate your iPhoto, Photos or Aperture library folder.
    By default, this is found in Macintosh HD > Users > [Your User] > Pictures. The file in CrashPlan appears as iPhoto Library.photolibrary, Aperture Library.photolibrary, or Photos Library.photoslibrary.
    Select iphoto library
  1. Select your library.
  2. Click Desktop below the file pane to select original location.
  3. Click Restore.

If the original location is the default location of the library, once the restore is completed, open iPhoto, Photos, or Aperture to view your photos. Your photos should look the same as they did previously.

Restoring the original unedited photos

If you only need your photos and not the organization or edits you made, the original unedited copies can be restored from the Masters folder. These files are cataloged in a way that only Aperture, Photos, and iPhoto understand.


  1. If you find the library is corrupt after attempting a restore, try restoring an instance of that library from a previous date. CrashPlan may have been unable to finish the most recent backup of this library.
  2. For additional at-home troubleshooting, Apple has two informative articles, which explain how to use built-in tools to fix these libraries:
  3. If you are consistently having issues with your library, seek assistance from an Apple Authorized Service Provider or AppleCare.