Folder Images For Mac

Where are the photos I imported into Photos on my Mac? By default, the photos and videos you import into Photos are stored in the Photos library in the Pictures folder on your Mac. When you first use Photos, you create a new library or select the library that you want to use. This library automatically becomes your System Photo Library. The Info window in Photos reveals the image’s file name. Select the image in Photos. Click the i (information) button. Mac 911 cannot reply to email or publish answers to every question.

In the macOS, you can easily convert images in bulk using the Preview application on your system. However, if you work constantly requires you to convert images, then you can create a Folder Action which can get the job done quickly and easily.

This guide will show you a step-by-step process on how you can do this. For this, we will be using Folder Action that will automatically convert images dropped into the folder to your desired extension. That too without the need for you to open the image in any application.

Guide to create auto image converting folder in your Mac

Step 1: Open the “Automator” application on your system. You can do so by going to the Applications folder or from the Launcher. You can also press Command + Space bar and type in Automator in the Spotlight Search to open the app.

Step 2: When the application opens, select the “New Document” button from the top-left corner.

Step 3: It will now ask you to choose the type of document. From the given options, click on “Folder Action” and then click on “Choose” at the bottom-right corner.

Step 4: At the top of the workflow area, click the dropdown next to “Folder Action receives files and folders added to:” and then select “Other…”.

Step 5: Now, select the folder that you would like to attribute the image conversion process.

Step 6: From the Library option in the sidebar on the far left, select “Photos”.

Step 7: From the Actions column, drag “Change Type of Images” to the workflow area on the right side.

Step 8: You will now be asked if you want your action to convert copies of images placed in the folder and preserve the originals, select “Add”. If you want it to convert the original images, select “Don’t Add”.

Step 9: In the Change Type of Images action panel, choose the type of format that you want images to be converted to. Here, we are selecting JPG.

Step 10: Now in the menu bar, select File > Save… or press Command-S. Name the file action to whatever you like and then click on “Save”.

That’s it. Now, whenever you want to convert an image to JPG format, just drag and drop the file into this folder and the process will be automatically done. You can also do the same using other actions, such as “Quick Action” and “Applications”. More about that will be covered in upcoming guides.

We have written a lot of guides related to Windows 10, macOS, Android, iOS, Chromebooks, among others. So, make sure to check out our Guides section for more of such helpful guides and tips.

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This Applescript was created by user code!z and published at Github: ImportPhotoFolders where you can download an already compiled and saved Applescript file. With his permission I'm publishing the script here.

When run it will import selected folders of image files into your Photos library and create albums in the sidebar for each folder with the same name as the folder.

Open Script Editor and paste the following into its window:


set folderList to (choose folderwith multiple selections allowed)

tellapplication 'Photos'



Change Mac Folder Image

delay 2


repeatwith baseFolder in folderList

importEachSubFolder(baseFolder, null)


My Mac Folder



on importEachSubFolder(aFolder, parentFolder)

tellapplication 'Finder'

set albumName to (name of aFolder astext)

set subFolders toeveryfolderof aFolder


if (countof subFolders) > 0 then

set fotoFolder to createFotoFolder(aFolder, albumName, parentFolder)

repeatwith eachFolder in subFolders

Folder Images For Mac

importEachSubFolder(eachFolder, fotoFolder)



set fotoFolder to parentFolder


importFotos(aFolder, albumName, fotoFolder)

end importEachSubFolder

on importFotos(aFolder, albumName, parentFolder)

set imageList to getImageList(aFolder)

if imageList is {} thenreturn

set fotoAlbum to createFotoAlbum(albumName, parentFolder)

tellapplication 'Photos'

withtimeoutof 600 seconds

import imageList into fotoAlbum skip check duplicates no



end importFotos

on createFotoFolder(aFolder, folderName, parentFolder)

tellapplication 'Photos'

if parentFolder isnullthen

make new folder named folderName


make new folder named folderName at parentFolder



end createFotoFolder

on createFotoAlbum(albumName, parentFolder)

tellapplication 'Photos'

if parentFolder isnullthen

make new album named albumName


make new album named albumName at parentFolder




end createFotoAlbum

on getImageList(aFolder)

set extensionsList to {'jpg', 'png', 'tiff', 'JPG', 'jpeg', 'gif', 'JPEG', 'PNG', 'TIFF', 'GIF', 'MOV', 'mov', 'MP4', 'mp4', 'MPG', 'mpg', 'BMP', 'bmp', 'TIF', 'tif', 'AVI', 'avi', 'PSD', 'psd', 'ai', 'AI', 'orf', 'ORF', 'nef', 'NEF', 'crw', 'CRW', 'cr2', 'CR2', 'dng', 'DNG', 'PEF', HEIC'}

tellapplication 'Finder' toset theFiles toeveryfileof aFolder whose name extension isin extensionsList

set imageList to {}

repeatwith i from 1 tonumberofitemsin theFiles

set thisItem toitem i of theFiles asalias

settheendof imageList to thisItem



end getImageList

This code will produce the following:

For this folder configuration on the hard drive: You'll get the following configuration in Photos:

For this folder configuration on the hard drive: You'll get this configuration in Photos:

Again, thanks to code!z for his contribution of this script.

You can download a compiled version of the script as an application from this tutorial site: P01 - Applescripts from Photos’ User Tips Compiled as Applications. Both versions will be downloaded by the same link.