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iPhoto Library Manager lets you organize your photos into multiple iPhoto libraries.

Separate your high school and college photos from your latest summer vacation pictures. Or keep some photo collections on your Mac and others on an external drive. Access only the photos you want, when you want them.

More libraries, more options
  • Smarter searching. iPhoto Library Manager lets you search for photos across one library or many. You don't even need to launch iPhoto.
  • Drag-and-drop support. Put everything in its right place by dragging and dropping more...

What's New

Version 4.1.7:
  • Fixed an error that could occur when copying flagged photos with iPhoto 9.2.x
  • Worked around an OS X bug that could cause some photos not to be copied when dragging a large number of photos at once
  • We now show an error message when trying to create or add a library on a drive whose format is unsupported by iPhoto (e.g., FAT-32)
  • Fixed a crash on startup when the more...


  • OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Apple iPhoto 8.1.2 or later

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My situation: 280GB iPhoto Library with ~40K photos and movies sitting on my MBP. I use Backblaze online backup(but hadnt backed up in 4 weeks with lots of photos uploaded - not to mention the chunked up way you would need to download iPhoto more...

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Version 4.0.5
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MarcelP7213 Member IconReview+0

I recently moved to a new Mac and from OSX 10.6 to 10.9. This meant moving to a new version of iPhoto too. I moved my iPhoto library across and although all the data seemed to be in the file I found lots of events and pictures missing in iPhoto.

I tried rebuilding the library with iPhoto several times and even deleted and restored my whole library from a backup several times. None of this worked.

I then found IPLM and used its rebuild tools - this worked really nicely and managed to restore all the data that was missing and gave me back my library as I expected it to look.

I've not used the other features in IPLM yet, but based on this alone I recommend it highly!

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Version 4.1.7
Sigil Member IconReview+208

My iPhoto library was very chaotic. I was so overwhelmed that I avoided using it. This app is a machete and a scalpel. I actually enjoyed organizing my photos This app simply completes iPhoto. I wasn't going to buy the most recent upgrade, but I decided that Brian is a developer worth supporting. He is earnest, accessible and polite.

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Version 4.1.7
RoseF2596 Member IconComment+0

I have an older version of iphoto library manager on an old computer (mac book pro) that I want to move to my new imac desktop. Do I need to buy another copy of ip library manager and if so will the iphotolibraries all appear in the new iphoto library manager?

Will there be a conflicitng problem because of NEW versions of iphoto library manager?

Another question is if I DO NOT want to continue to use the library manager on the new desk top than how do I retrieve all my photos back into iphoto as they are now all catalogued in iphoto library manager? Will I have to copy each library individually?

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Version 4.1.6

Since you asked about moving an iPhoto Library from your old MacBook Pro, I assume you did not use the Migration Assistant to copy your account (files & settings) to your new iMac.

If your goal is to move your entire old iPhoto Library to your new iMac, you can use File Sharing to mount the MBP's disk on the iMac and then simply copy the iPhoto Library from the MBP to the iMac.

It's likely iPhoto on the new iMac will have to update the format of the copied iPhoto Library the first time it's opened.

iPhoto Library Manager enters the picture when you want to copy only a portion of an iPhoto Library. For example, I took 56 pictures this afternoon using my wife's iPhone. After she imported the photos into her iPhoto Library, I used iPLM on my Mac to copy her "Last Import" into my iPhoto Library.

HeinrichM Member IconReview+1

Lovely customer support. Very down to earth and helpful. The app itself is awesome, providing easy solution to my large (we are speakin about nearly 300gb) photo collection. No more use of iphoto for me. Lovin it!

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Version 4.1.3
thekeepmecom4914 Member IconReview+5

After purchasing, I realized I didn't need to segment my iPhoto library and could run the whole thing off my external drive. When I contacted FatCat Software and explained my error, they immediately issued me a refund. That is truly great customer service!!!

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Version 4.0.9
Robfol Member IconReview+77

Good app for iPhoto use and library management, would be perfect if it fully handled and De-Duplicated Aperture libraries. Puzzled that it does not as I thought both apps used the same library these days?

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Version 4.0.9
spamager Member IconReview+3

My situation: 280GB iPhoto Library with ~40K photos and movies sitting on my MBP. I use Backblaze online backup(but hadnt backed up in 4 weeks with lots of photos uploaded - not to mention the chunked up way you would need to download iPhoto components to restore - or pay the $189 fee to have files prepped and shipped - glad the feature is there but...), but my NAS solution at home was not so great and always had issues with Time Machine so no local backup.

Well my 2.5 year MBP started having issues - got real sluggish, started doing funky things and then it crashed. Hard Drive corruption. after a bunch of steps to get it back up, still lots of hard drive errors that even after repair still issues.

New SSD and a $20 CabletoGo SATA drive adapter (AWESOME and Great value BTW!) and I could get to my old drive which had the iPhoto Library on it. PROBLEM: because of disk corruption, there were parts of the library and pictures that couldn't be read and could fix with iPhoto - and therefore could not Copy the library to new drive!

Not wanting to individually copy all the masters and recreate iPhoto for ~40K pictures, i scoured for a solution.

voila - IPhoto Library Manager. This might sound corny, but this program saved my most valuables and time. I decided to split the one monolithic library up, and used iPLM to copy off the old iPhoto library into the new ones. Im 30K pictures through (IT is pretty quick relative to what its doing) and the added benefit is it has called out 14 of the photos it just couldn't read back from the disk[because of disk corruption], which will allow me to selectively grab those back from my cloud backup.

Easy to use, lightweight and well worth it in this kind of situation.

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Version 4.0.5
Drdul Member IconComment+448

FYI: The "iPod Folders" feature from version 3 is missing in version 4. I wrote the dev, who replied, "The iPod Folders feature is no longer present in iPhoto Library Manager 4, for the time being at least. We are looking into different (hopefully better) solutions for keeping photos from multiple libraries synced with an iPod or iOS device in the future though."

Fortunately there is an easy solution if you want the iPod Folders feature in the meantime, until it's added back into version 4. Simply install version 3 of iPLM (see download link at top of MU listing) alongside version 4 (be sure to rename version 3 of the app to something like "iPhoto Library Manager 3" before dragging it into the Applications folder, or install it somewhere else). The two versions use a different naming convention for preference and cache files, so both versions can be used on the same Mac (if you upgraded from version 3 to version 4, your preference files from version 3 are still there). Just be sure not to run both versions at the same time -- quit version 3 before running version 4 and vice versa.

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Version 4.0.1

I forgot to mention that your version 4 serial number will work in version 3.

Drdul Member IconReview+448

Version 4 of iPhoto Library Manager is great! It is particularly handy to be able to browse photos without having to launch iPhoto, especially as I can drag photos out of iPLM to the desktop or another app. For my purposes, the list view and search functions make it easier to find photos in iPLM than in iPhoto. Jumping from one library to another is fast and seamless. There's not much need to actually use iPhoto any more!

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Version 4.0
Vitu Member IconComment+138

Time to update iLM's description text… it has lost a couple of annunciated features and gained a ton others.

Really looking forward to try this one out!

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Downloads 200,295
Version Downloads 2,434
License Shareware
Date 08 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $29.95
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