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I currently have iLife '11 installed on my iMac from a retail disk purchased new from eBay. Under the updates section of the App Store, there is nothing that says iLife Update.

I thought updates for iLife '11 to iLife '13 would be free?

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Have you already checked all the stuff written about this last month, like… – Tom Gewecke Nov 17 '13 at 13:11
Have you upgraded to Mavericks? They didn't show for me until after I had upgraded. – nthonygreen Nov 17 '13 at 13:59
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You thought right, the update to new iLife is free.

However, Apple had dropped the "iLife" name a while ago, now the apps are just being called iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.

To get the new versions of the apps, follow these steps:

  1. Upgrade to Mavericks via App Store. This requires at least OS X 10.6.8 to be installed.
  2. Change system preferred language to English and reboot your Mac.
  3. Open App Store and search for GarageBand. It is free now, no matter if you had iLife before.
  4. Go to Updates tab and wait for a minute. Newest versions of iPhoto (9.5) and iMovie (10.0) should appear.

Note, that even pirated and demo versions of Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, iPhoto and Aperture can be upgraded via App Store. They will appear in Purchases tab a few minutes after the upgrade.


  • If you do not see a response to Update button click, check your Launchpad. Upgrades are downloading in background.
  • If you are getting an error about wrong Apple ID when trying to upgrade, try installing OS X Mavericks in a virtual machine (VMWare Workstation or VirtualBox) and repeating the fourth step.
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I have iLife 08. Is it possible to get the latest updates without first updated to iLife 11? Checking for updates manually brings me to a broken link. – styfle Dec 4 '13 at 9:26
If newer versions of iPhoto and iLife are not appearing in Updates tab in Mavericks App Store, remove 08 and download 11 from TPB and retry. – Aleksey Shvayka Dec 5 '13 at 13:42
@styfle: the free upgrades are only available if you have the previous version of iLife ('11). For example, my wife's MacBook came with iLife '08 and the Mac App Store lists the new version of iPhoto as $15. – daGUY Feb 9 '14 at 17:23

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