Photos To Disk overview


Photos To Disk is intended to be used with Apple's Photos app for OS X.

Photo and video files stored in your Photo Library are not easily accessible, they are embedded in a so-called "Photos Library Package" (usually located in your Pictures folder).

Using Photos you can export individual items but retrieving a large number of items (possibly your entire Photo Library) may be a challenging experience.
Additionally, Photos exports your photos and videos to an almost flat folder structure, which becomes very inconvenient if you are handling a large number of items.

This is where Photos To Disk can help.

Using Photos To Disk you can retrieve your original photos and videos (including photos in RAW file format) from your Photo Library in just a few easy steps.

You can customize your folder structure to group your media files by year, month or day. For albums, Photos To Disk uses the folder structure defined in Photos.

Media files can be renamed after the titles that you have eventually defined in Photos. You can also prefix file names with media dates or media dates/hours.

Metadata (Title, Description, Location, Keywords, Adjusted Date and Time) can be embedded into JPEG, PNG, TIFF and PSD image files or stored in XMP sidecar files for other image file formats (e.g. RAW).


The export feature is typically used to retrieve a large number of photos and videos for use in other photo-editing software, or for transfer to third parties. You just have to select a set of folders and click the "Export..." button.
See Export steps for further details.


The backup feature is used to keep a well-structured copy of your entire Photo Library in a non-proprietary format (a future-proof set of files and folders). Once you have defined your Backup Folder, updating your backup with your most recent photos and videos simply requires a click on one of the "Backup" buttons.
See Backup steps for further details.

Photos To Disk system requirements

Photos To Disk Version 2.1 is compatible with:
- OS X Yosemite (Version 10.10)
- OS X El Capitan (Version 10.11)

Photos To Disk Version 3.5 is compatible with:
- macOS Sierra (Version 10.12)
- macOS High Sierra (Version 10.13)
- macOS Mojave (Version 10.14)

Photos To Disk screenshot

Photos To Disk features are all accessible in a single window.

Photos To Disk Window