Reader's question: Where can I find the photos from Photo Booth on the Mac?

Where is the Photo Booth library?

Today there was another question where I had to start the Google machine myself: The "Photo Booth" app on my Mac threw a window on my wife that the "Photo Booth Library" could not be located. The alternatives were either to create a new library or to choose the location of the old one. But there was the problem: Neither of us knew where Photo Booth was storing its photos.

The error message on my wife's English-language iMac read as follows:

Photo Booth could not locate your photo library. Please choose an existing library, or create a new one in order to continue using Photo Booth. This photo library will be used the next time you open Photo Booth.

Here you can see what the English error message from Photo Booth looks like when it cannot find the library.

Here you can see what the English error message from Photo Booth looks like when it cannot find the library.

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The "Photo Booth" program has been part of macOS (formerly OS X) for ages and is located under Applications> Utilities. The app is perfect for taking funny photos of your children and yourself, as you can activate many effects. Not quite as perfect as with Snap chat, but the photos stay local on the Mac.

Library> Application Support? Nothing!

The question now was where is the media library with the photos from Photo Booth. My first tip was the Application Support folder that is in the Library folder can be found. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything that looked like Photo Booth anywhere. This exhausted my ideas, because I had noticed earlier that the photos did not end up in the Photos app.

The Google search brought light into the darkness relatively quickly: You can find the "Photo Booth Library" in the "Bilder" or "Pictures" folder, which in turn is in the user folder. In short, this is for a German-speaking macOS (like me under macOS Catalina):

User Home Directory> Pictures> Photo Booth Library

If you like to use the Finder's "Go to" command, you can copy and paste these two paths to get to the appropriate folder:

~ / Pictures / Photo \ Booth \ Library / Pictures /

~ / Pictures / Photo \ Booth \ Library / Originals /

The Photo Booth media library can be found on the Mac in the "Pictures" folder of the relevant user.

The Photo Booth media library can be found on the Mac in the "Pictures" folder of the relevant user.

How can I back up the photos from the Photo Booth library?

That's another question I came across while looking for the Photo Booth app's images. There are two ways to backup or copy photos from Photo Booth utility:

  1. In the app itself, select the menu item "Export ..." or "Export original ..." under "File".
    The difference between the two menu items is that "Export" saves the photo with the effects, while "Export original" saves the pure photo without any effects.
  2. Once you have found your media library, you can open it by opening the context menu (right-clicking the media library file (or holding the CTRL key and clicking)) and then selecting "Show package contents". Now the content opens as a folder and there you will find the sub-folders "Originals" and "Pictures", which contain the corresponding pictures from Photo Booth.
The content of the media library file can be called up via the context menu "Show package content".

The content of the media library file can be called up via the context menu "Show package content".

 

A selected photo can be saved using the "Export" menu item.

I think that should explain almost every question about the Photo Booth media library exhaustively. If you have any questions on your mind, please send them to me via "Ask Sir Apfelot"to. I am happy to help!

 

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