Images and videos can be exported from Photo Booth one by one by either

  1. Right-clicking in the file in Photo Booth -> Export, or
  2. Drop and dragging the image/video from Photo Booth into a finder folder

The problem is, neither method works for multiple images/videos: if you have n images/videos, you have to drop and drag n times, which, needless to say, is exceptionally tedious.

How can multiple images / videos be exported from Photo Booth in one go? (i.e. avoiding manually doing it one by one)?

Note: if there's some work around to access the raw .png's .mov's, then that is just as good - the end result should be some image and video files that can be opened with any standard media viewers/players (not just Photo Booth)

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The easiest is probably to simply find the photos in Finder.

  1. Open Finder
  2. Locate the PhotoBooth library file (usually in user/pictures)
  3. right click on it, hit show package contents
  4. Copy all files from the Pictures folder (if you want to have the original photos without effects on them also copy the Originals folder)

You can read in a bit more detail here: OSXdaily

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    Thanks, worked perfectly. Just another note, if you have many GB, opening two finder windows and dragging the files will simply cut/paste them (i.e. without making another copy), which is virtually instant (as opposed to copy/paste which may take some time)
    – stevec
    Mar 10, 2021 at 14:51
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    True, but you'll screw up your Photo Booth library. I much rather have a copy, but of course that takes some time. Glad I could help though ;)
    – X_841
    Mar 10, 2021 at 15:45
  • @stevec, hold down the alt key when dragging and the files will be copied. Making copies of images in the age of SSDs takes about no time. Seriously.
    – MiB
    Jul 19, 2023 at 15:08

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