Many Mac users have decided to switch from Aperture or iPhoto to Lightroom. Adobe has just released a new tool to help easily migrate existing Aperture and iPhoto libraries into Lightroom with a free Lightroom plug-in.

What Comes Over

Most of the important stuff makes the move

  • Flags
  • Star Ratings
  • Keywords
  • GPS Data
  • Rejects
  • Hidden Files
  • Color Labels*
  • Stacks*
  • Face Tags*

    *Color Labels, Stacks, and Face Tags will be imported as Lightroom keywords.

What Doesn’t Comes Over

a6f8de4a-1f0f-47aa-bf52-be6d6ade7294The adjustments engines in Lightroom, Aperture, and iPhoto are different. Adjustments to photos made in Aperture and iPhoto can not be read into Lightroom. The good news is that this plug-in will import both the original images and copies of the images that have adjustments applied.


  • The new plug-in requires Lightroom 5.6 or later, and can be downloaded here:
  • It will be available in English only until the release of Lightroom 5.7. Then the tool will ship within Lightroom and be available in all languages that Lightroom supports.