Photo Booth is the fun picture taking app in Mac OS X that takes selfies with the built-in FaceTime camera, some people use it for diaries or a mirror, and there are many goofy effects that can be applied to the images which turns Photo Booth into a fun house app of sorts. While users can always access the Photo Booth pictures from the app itself (and drag and drop them out of the application), many Mac users may wish to have direct access to the Photo Booth raw image files.
We’ll show you how to access the Photo Booth pictures, as well as where all Photo Booth images are located on the Mac.
How to Access the Photo Booth Image Files in Mac OS X
The simplest way to access the Photo Booth picture files is from the Mac OS X Finder, as they are located in the user home Pictures directory in a package file:
- Open a new Finder window and navigate to the current users home directory, then open the “Pictures” folder
- Locate “Photo Booth Library”, this is a library package file that contains all of the images but you’ll find that trying to open it directly is ineffective
- Right-click (or Control+Click) on the “Photo Booth Library” file and choose “Show Package Contents”
- Navigate to the “Pictures” folder within the Photo Booth Library contents to find the original image files taken with Photo Booth app in OS X in this folder, they are standard JPEG images
You can copy, edit, backup, and delete the Photo Booth image files directly from this folder. These are the original picture files, so if you remove them from this folder they will no longer appear in the Photo Booth app of Mac OS X.
The Photo Booth Image File Location in Mac OS X
If you want direct access to the photo booth image files through a directory path, for quick access with the Go To Folder command or through the command line, the files are located in the two following locations, depending on the pictures themselves:
/Pictures/Photo\ Booth\ Library/Pictures/
Note that some pictures will appear in the Originals folder as well, if they have used an effect or filter to distort the image, the original unmodified version will appear here:
/Pictures/Photo\ Booth\ Library/Originals/
Either of these Finder locations can be accessed directly from the Finder or Terminal, just keep in mind that if you move files out of those directories they will no longer appear within the Photo Booth app on the Mac. In that sense, the package files for Photo Booth are a lot like the on the Mac as well, both accessible to users but generally hidden from the average gander through the file system.
Photo Booth is a pretty fun app, if you haven’t messed around with it in a while, you may want to check out some other Photo Booth tips for Mac, as there are hidden effects, secret Debug menus, and simple tricks for in the app too.