five years ago, I uploaded a photo as my account picture. I tried the ways below, but I still cannot find the location to find the original picture.

my macOS high sierra 10.13.4


cannot find



iChat Recent Pictures

and even /Library/User Pictures cannot find

  • Since user accounts can be local or remote, these are embedded in structured preference lists for local accounts on macOS. The location is basically the same since early OS X but the implementation has changed slightly. Looks like you have a solid answer to where the processed image is stored. It’s unlikely the original was retained if you don’t have a backup of the source.
    – bmike
    May 14, 2020 at 11:45

1 Answer 1


You can run the following command from terminal to get your user account pictures. This would be an easy way.

dscl . -read /Users/Yourusername JPEGPhoto | tail -1 | xxd -r -p > accountImage.jpg

Just you will get a 256x256 pixel version of your account picture

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