I am trying to locate the pictures from my photo stream to back up on my computer and I cant find them. Any help is greatly appreciated

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Photo Stream pictures are stored in

~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub


  • It's worth noting that they are only stored there after you have configured iPhoto to pull them down from the cloud, and it has subsequently done so. They won;t just appear unless you occasionally open iPhoto to perform those syncing actions subsequently.
    – stuffe
    May 1, 2014 at 14:49
  • @stuffe: that's not correct. There's a background process called iCloud Photos that always runs and pulls down your Photo Stream photos even when iPhoto isn't open (I just tested it to confirm). See here: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/120707/…
    – daGUY
    May 1, 2014 at 17:49
  • Interesting, and thanks! Mine doesn't appear to be working then...
    – stuffe
    May 1, 2014 at 18:00
  • Also, if you are on a new Mac with Photos, the Photo Stream photos are now in ~/Library/Containers and only the subscribed photos and using iCloud sharing are in iLifeAssetManagement under A S in Library. See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/182157 for details
    – bmike
    May 29, 2015 at 16:19

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