Migrate your Aperture libraries to Photos or Adobe Lightroom Classic

Aperture won't run in versions of the Mac operating system after macOS Mojave. Follow these steps to move your Aperture libraries to Photos or Adobe Lightroom Classic.

In June 2014, Apple announced the discontinuation of development of Aperture. Since that time, Apple has released five major macOS updates. For technical reasons, Aperture will not run in future versions of macOS after macOS Mojave. To continue working with your Aperture photo libraries, you must migrate them to the Photos app included with macOS, or migrate them to Adobe Lightroom Classic.

Migrate your Aperture libraries to Photos

You can migrate your Aperture libraries to the Photos app, included with macOS, and continue to work with them.

Migrate your Aperture libraries to Adobe Lightroom Classic

Adobe Lightroom Classic version 5.7 and later includes a built-in tool for migrating Aperture libraries to Lightroom catalogs.

When an Aperture library is migrated to Lightroom, library organization, metadata, and image adjustments are preserved, with the following exceptions:

  • RAW files are migrated, but Aperture's non-destructive adjustment layer does not. Lightroom’s migrator tool includes an option to export and migrate Aperture’s full-size JPEG previews for edited images. If you wish to preserve your Aperture edits in another format, it is recommended that you export the edited images from Aperture first, and then reimport them into Lightroom after migrating your library.
  • Projects, folders, and albums are migrated to Lightroom collections and collection sets.
  • Faces, color labels, and stacks are migrated as keywords.
  • Rejected images are migrated to a collection.
  • Slideshows are migrated as collections.
  • Smart Albums are not migrated.
  • Custom metadata fields are not migrated.
  • Album organization is alphabetical, so manual sidebar organization might not be preserved.

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