I switched from iPhoto to Photos and now one feature that was important to me is missing: "Show referenced files in Finder".

For example, that feature was useful to me for selective sharing. Also for other things, like complete Library backups, I think it is very important to know how Photos.app works and where it stores the files.


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After looking for it, I found it. Quite obvious actually, it is next to the former iPhoto Library.

~/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary

Researching a little more, because both libraries report the same size, the import from iPhoto to Photos changed all original files to hardlinks. So either library contains a pointer to one file on disk, thus saving disk space.

For a full backup, I think it is sufficient to backup ~/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary.


If you go to the following path /Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary, then right click on Photos Library.photoslibrary and select ShowPackageContents.

Then you can select the masters folder and backup the original photos.
Hope this helps.

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