I'd like to know where the sidecar files for Photos are located in the Mac (Finder).

Thank you.

  • In Terminal: find / -type f -iname *.aae 2>/dev/null Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 22:24
  • This doesn't seem to work. I've edited several pictures and this command just returned a hit I had seen before I edited them (result: /Users/MyUserName/Pictures/IMG_1337.AAE) I also tried find / -type f -iname ".aae" 2>/dev/null. Aren't these sidecars stored in a typical folder in Finder?. Thanks for your answer anyway, I know it's a bit frustrating not to be understood. Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 14:47
  • isn't this the same as creating a smart folder to look for File Extension:AAE? would that locate AEE files wherever they are? Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 17:16
  • If you want to check for directories and files just leave the -type f out of the command and find will look at all types. Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 17:25
  • Yes, you can setup a Smart Folder; however, depending on what one is looking for it may not show up even though it exists and is why I choose to use the find command as it will find thing Finder doesn't Commented Apr 7, 2019 at 18:21


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