6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 8, 2018 11:19 AM by barbarareiner

    Can you move the default Library location?

    barbarareiner

      Right now it defaults to my pictures folder and I would rather have the lightroom library saved on an external hardrive...is this possible...

      I tried moving the library but every time I open up the program it puts the library back in the pictures folder on my mac...

       

      Any way around this....thanks in advance.

      Barbara

        • 1. Re: In Lightroom Classic default library location - can it be changed...
          JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          If you are using Lightroom Classic CC, the only "default" location would be the location for the catalog because the catalog is the only file that Lightroom opens. That catalog can be placed anywhere you want it to be. The "default" location that Lightroom creates is in a Lightroom folder within the Pictures folder. However, when you import images into Lightroom you are free to direct Lightroom to import those images to any folder, on any hard drive, that is connected to your computer. So what are you referring to when you say that Lightroom is going to the default Pictures folder?

          • 2. Re: In Lightroom Classic default library location - can it be changed...
            barbarareiner Level 1

            Hi: thanks so much for responding quickly...I realize that I asked the question incorrectly so please bear with me as I reformulate the ?

            I understand that I can put my LIGHTROOM CLASSIC catalog folder anywhere I desire.

             

            But, when trying to set up LIGHTROOM CC - it seems that the LIGHTROOM library file automatically is placed within the pictures folder of my mac hard drive. I would like the LIGHTROOM library file to be stored on an external hard drive. I tried copying the LIGHTROOM Library file to the external hard drive location and deleting the one on my hard drive...but as soon as I opening the LRCC program it puts  the LIGHTROOM Library file back in my pictures folder.

             

            Is there a workaround and if so please advise. Thanks again for your prompt response.

            Regards,

            Barbara

            • 3. Re: In Lightroom Classic default library location - can it be changed...
              JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              If you're talking about Lightroom CC, someone else will have to help you. I dabble with it a little bit, but I haven't taken it seriously yet and probably won't. Lightroom Classic CC is where I do most of my work. It seems that many users are not differentiating between this forum (which is for the new Lightroom CC) and another forum which is designated for Lightroom Classic CC.

              • 4. Re: In Lightroom Classic default library location - can it be changed...
                barbarareiner Level 1

                Hi Jim:

                Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.

                Happy New Year...

                Barbara

                • 5. Re: In Lightroom Classic default library location - can it be changed...
                  Jim Wilde Adobe Community Professional

                  barbarareiner  wrote

                   

                  But, when trying to set up LIGHTROOM CC - it seems that the LIGHTROOM library file automatically is placed within the pictures folder of my mac hard drive. I would like the LIGHTROOM library file to be stored on an external hard drive. I tried copying the LIGHTROOM Library file to the external hard drive location and deleting the one on my hard drive...but as soon as I opening the LRCC program it puts  the LIGHTROOM Library file back in my pictures folder.

                   

                  Is there a workaround and if so please advise. Thanks again for your prompt response.

                  Regards,

                  Barbara

                  At this time, no you can't have the LRCC Library.lrlibrary file anywhere else. However, there are tools for managing the impact on your hard drive space, see the LRCC Preferences>Local Storage tab. There's a certain amount of space it must have (on my Mac it's currently 13GB, but that will vary depending on the number of images you have synced), beyond that there is additional space that could be used, but you can totally control that.

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                  • 6. Re: In Lightroom Classic default library location - can it be changed...
                    barbarareiner Level 1

                    this is correct...thanks so much...for clarification