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Adobe Finally Chimes In With Official Aperture To Lightroom Plugin Tool

By Anthony Thurston on October 16th 2014

While there has been a third party plugin for migrating your old Aperture libraries into Lightroom catalogs for a while, many have been holding out for an official migration tool. That wait has now come to a close.


Adobe has announced an official “Aperture to Lightroom” plugin that will import your Aperture library into your Lightroom catalog, along with the correct file layout and full metadata intact. The new tool is simple and free, and you can get your hands on it here.

Aperture to Lightroom Migration Items

The following information is moved from Aperture to Lightroom through this plugin. Note that any adjustments you made in Aperture will not be transferred, so LR will import the original images as well as JPG copies of the versions with your adjustments.

· Flags
· Star Ratings
· Keywords
· GPS Data
· Rejects
· Hidden Files
· Color Labels (Imported as a Keyword)
· Stacks (Imported as a Keyword)
· Face Tags (Imported as a Keyword)


The process is simple, just load up Lightroom and go to File -> Plug-In Extras -> Import from Aperture Library and tell Lightroom where to find your Aperture library. It’s that simple. There have been reports that it can be a little slow, so if you have a large library, it might be a long process.

Still, this should make it much easier now for you Aperture users to make the switch to Lightroom.


What are your thoughts on this plugin from Adobe? Do you think that it will be enough to make Aperture users choose to move on to Lightroom over Capture One? Leave a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Songhua Shi

    seems the link is no longer working
    did Adobe killed the tool after?

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  2. Matt Erickson

    I use Smart Albums in Aperture with every photo shoot I take. Once all my images are flagged for the ones to deliver to the client, I create a Smart Album that instantly adds all those flagged images into it’s own album. Does Lightroom have a similar feature?

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  3. Lee Rosenberg

    “Note that any adjustments you made in Aperture will not be transferred, so LR will import the original images as well as JPG copies of the versions with your adjustments.”…suggest your sentence be rewritten, won’t transfer adjustments, then it will? Can you expand on this some? Can versions come in as tiffs or just jpegs? So you get the original RAW file, but adjustments are only baked into a JPEG?

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    well its thanks to adobe that aperture users can move on after the discontinuation of the application …….for those joining lightroom welcome!

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  5. Greg Silver

    That will be unfortunate for those who won’t get the upgrade to Android Lollipop. Luckily both my phone and tablet have been announced to get the upgrade either this month or next month.

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  6. Greg Silver

    ….now if they would only port Lightroom mobile for Android tablets/smartphones…

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    • Doc Pixel

      Don’t worry, Adobe will… but you may not be happy that it will only be for devices running Android L “Lollypop”. Meaning, if you have a carrier or OEM that refuses to upgrade your Android device, you may still be “poops outa luck” as they say.

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  7. Matthew Saville

    This is why my love for the Apple world is limited. I love their OS, and I love their standards for hardware and their philosophy of simplicity, but that doesn’t mean I drink kool-aid, let alone wait in line overnight for a new product. They just happen to make decent laptops, computers that run my favorite OS. My favorite OS, simply because it frustrates me the least of all the OS’s out there.

    In other words: I hate computers with a passion, (and electronics in general, aside from cameras) …and Apple does the best job of making my life with electronics, well, less painful.

    Aside from that, I love Adobe products, and I love Google products, which is why I’ve never bothered with Aperture and have always enjoyed using Bridge, Lightroom, and my Android phone. :-)

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