I finally managed to decrypt an old backup of an iPhoto Library. The result was a file without an extension (maybe I removed it back then?) and the following header: ./._iPhoto Library

Now I have no idea how to open that library. Photos.app won't open it (start with option + shift, choose library), the iPhoto Library Updater won't either. It was definitely a library that you could open as folder (right click, show package content), I think from iPhoto 11. Is there a way to tell macOS that this is a package file? Or even a folder instead of a file?

  • Untested - the original name would have been iPhoto Library.photolibrary Adding the .photolibrary extension was what made the OS recognise it as a package. Photos, on the other hand, uses .photoslibrary [extra 's']
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 9:47
  • I tried adding the extension. But it didn't work... Maybe it's because the file is on a NAS (ext4) mounted via afp.
    – tzippy
    Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 12:36
  • possibly - I've nothing I can test that on
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 7, 2017 at 14:13


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