How to migrate from Aperture to Lightroom on Mac

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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As you might know, Aperture doesn’t work in the latest version of Mac OS. For that reason users had to switch to a different application for photo management software. Many users switched to Lightroom, and in this article we’ll show you how to migrate from Aperture to Lightroom.

How can I migrate from Aperture to Lightroom?

Use Aperture migrator

Migrating from Aperture to Lightroom was a complicated process, especially since you had to do it manually, but Lightroom developers decided to streamline it, so they developed a special automated tool that helps you transfer your photos.

By using this tool you’ll import your images as well as metadata to Lightroom with ease. To import the data, do the following:

  1. Open Lightroom Classic and choose File > Plug-in Extras.
  2. Select Import from Aperture Library.
  3. Your libraries should be detected automatically. If you want, you can click the Options button to configure the process further.
  4. Now click the Import button.

It’s worth mentioning that all your metadata such as flags, star ratings, keywords, GPS data, faces, info panel, hidden files, and Aperture color labels will be imported. Organization data is also transferred, including Aperture Stacking, project hierarchies, iPhoto events, folders, and albums.

You can also choose to import full-size JPEG previews of your edited images if they are up to date. Keep in mind that this option is turned off by default, so you’ll need to enable it manually.

It’s worth noting that certain Aperture features aren’t compatible with Lightroom, so they won’t be transferred. These include image adjustments, smart albums, color labels, stacks, PSD files, and your creations.

Migrating from Aperture to Lightroom isn’t as hard as you think, and it takes you just a couple of clicks to get started. Bear in mind that the process could take a while depending on the number of data that you have, so be patient.

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