Export your Aperture libraries to Lightroom or whatever your heart desires

There are plenty of guides on the internet detailing how to get your images out of Aperture and into another photo manager such as Adobe Lightroom. It's a multistep and complicated process that is easy to get wrong. Exporter for Aperture consolidates the process into just a few clicks and provides features not possible with any manual process.

Exporter for Aperture is also a great way to back up your Aperture Libraries in a format that is not reliant on the future use of Aperture.

Exporting will always generate files for your originals without adjustments. Versions with Aperture adjustments baked-in can be generated optionally.

Exporter for Aperture was designed specifically for Aperture users who have decided to move to Lightroom. With only a few options and a click of a button, Exporter for Aperture re-generates your Aperture Library as a set of folders and subfolders containing your images.
Moving to a photo management tool other than Adobe's Lighroom? Don't worry, we probably have you covered too.

Export your Aperture library to a set of folders
Retain meticulously crafted project hierarchies.
Keep all your metadata including ratings and comments.
Convert identified Aperture Faces to keywords.
Original/Master images saved with XMP sidecar files for ultimate compatibility.
Aperture adjusted images saved as TIFF or JPEG depending on image rating. Adjustments are baked-in the image.
Exports images contained in your albums and smart albums.
Converts Aperture flags and colour labels to keywords.
Your Aperture libraries are unaltered and unaffected.

Exporter for Aperture REQUIRES Aperture 3.0 OR GREATER.

What's New

Version 1.3.5

Adds new feature that prevents images in projects from being exported to their project folder if it is going to be exported to at least one folder representing an album or smart album. Configuration is in advanced options Keywording/Other tab. This can be useful for people who use albums as their major organizational entity and only use projects as a dumping ground for their images. This feature disabled by default.

Also includes performance and stability improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

Mostly Useless


Exporter For Aperture does not work as a stand-alone app on Aperture files, which is not made clear in the product description.

Saved hours of time and fantastic, responsive customer support

Steve Azer

If you are migrating off of Aperture and you care about the folder structure of your images, you need this tool. Adobe’s Aperture plug in does not support transferring folders by name hierarchy (Europe, Paris, Eiffel Tower, etc), only by dates. So it will transfer your entire collection of folders with a new folder for each date that you snapped an image, which could be thousands of folders. This app allows you to transfer your images using your own existing folder structure, which will save you hours or days of time on the backend, depending on the size of your collection. I had some unique issues to resolve, so it wasn’t 100% seamless, but I have never had better, faster, more responsive and helpful support than I got from the developer of this app. This process requires some involvement during the transfer (basically some pop-ups telling you which if any images it couldn’t transfer XMP or EXIF data for by folder), so you don’t want to set it to run overnight because you might miss a pop up which will delay the end result, but once it starts running its very smooth.

This App recscued me from the chains of Aperture


I’ve been an Aperture user since the first version, and I was very happy using that pro app until Apple announced the product's end-of-life, leaving us pro’s out in the dark unless we wanted to switch to their new consumer app, Photos. That was not going to be sufficient for me.

I was excited last year when Adobe announced a beta version of their Aperture to Lightroom importer, so I got on the beta test team. My excitement, however, soon turned when they omitted the specific features I needed to keep my meticulously organized, 330,000+ image libraries intact. It was then that I considered Exporter for Aperture for the first time. I exchanged a few emails with the developer, but decided to wait.

Fast forward to last week, when I finally decided to jump in with both feet. I purchased this app and started testing it, but decided a couple of additional features would make my transition even better. The developer, Adrian, was very kind and responsive, providing those requested features and test updates in record fast time.

The transition will now retain all the important aspects of my Aperture libraries. Now all I need to do now is learn LR as well as I knew Aperture.


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