I migrated my iPhoto library to Photos 1.5. Where are the original image files stored? I've searched the file system for specific file names and don't find anything. The menu item 'show referenced file in finder' is greyed out.

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The original images are stores in:

/Users/USERNAME/Pictures/Photos\ Library.photoslibrary/Masters/

If you're having trouble with that, I would suggest opening a Terminal and searching manually in your user directory:

find ~/ -name '.jpg' -o -name '.png' -o -name '*.tif'

It find everything that ends in .jpg, .png or .tif in your /Users/USERNAME/


iPhoto and Photos both use libraries. These libraries, named by default 'iPhoto Library.photolibrary' and 'Photos Library.photoslibrary' (see pluralisation in package extension) are stored by default in ~/Photos (the Photos folder in your home folder).

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