Fixed – Unable to Write to iPhoto Library

The ‘iPhoto’ application in Apple is a great tool to manage your photos. You can edit, organize, share and import photos using this app. Photos that are imported from the iPhoto app are stored in an iPhoto library. This library can be stored on your Mac or on a storage device such as an external hard drive.

Although iPhoto is a useful app, you can sometimes encounter problems while using it. Users complain about errors such as ‘Unable to write to iPhoto library. Check that you have permission to write to the library directory’.

This is a common error that mainly occurs due to permission issues in the drive where the library is saved or due to corruption in the library.

Solution 1: Fix permission issues

Permission issues may occur when the iPhoto library is stored on an external hard drive and the library is accessed from different accounts. To resolve this problem, you can follow the steps below.

  1. Connect your external hard drive which contains the iPhoto library to your Mac
  2. Open Finder and select your external hard drive
  3. Click on File menu > Get Info
  4. In the dialogue box that appears, check the box ‘Ignore ownership on this volume’ at the bottom

Checking ‘Ignore ownership on this volume’ will allow you to access files on the drive even if it has been written into using a different account.

Solution 2: Fix corruption in iPhoto library

Corruption in the library’s database is also one of the main reasons for this error. Thus, repairing corruption in the library will help you resolve the error in most cases.

But before you begin with the steps below, make sure you have a backup of all files in the library as you may lose data.

  1. Press Command + Option keys and open iPhoto
  2. Hold the keys until the Rebuild library dialogue box opens
  3. In the dialogue box that opens, click on Repair iPhoto library database option to fix corruption in the library database and select Rebuild.

Once the repair process completes, check if the error is resolved. If this doesn’t help, you can also try other options in the Rebuild Photo library dialogue box.

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