When I go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver, I see many images in folders such as "Desktop Pictures", "Nature", "Plants", etc. Where are these images located?

I want to use them in an application such as SpaceSuit to set them as background images for different spaces.

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They're in /Library/Desktop Pictures/


As of macOS 10.15 (Catalina) the location is /System/Library/Desktop Pictures. I'm unsure what version the location switched.


As of macOS 12:

  • Desktop JPEG wallpaper are located in /Library/Desktop Pictures
  • Pre-installed dynamic wallpapers (HEIF) are located in /System/Library/Desktop Pictures
  • Any dynamic wallpapers downloaded by the user (from the "Desktop & Screen Saver" preferences) are located in /Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/com.apple.mobileAssetDesktop

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