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Apple Photos Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Apple Photos for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is nomacs, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Apple Photos and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Apple Photos are XnView MP, digiKam, Adobe Lightroom and PhotoPrism.

Apple Photos alternatives are mainly Photo Managers but may also be Image Viewers or Photo Sharing Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Apple Photos.
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  • Online
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  • iPad

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  1. nomacs is a free, open source image viewer, which supports multiple platforms. You can use it for viewing all common image formats including RAW and psd images.

    ⚫︎ Lightweightnomacs consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Portablenomacs can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Dark Modenomacs supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsnomacs can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  2. XnViewMP is a free software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages.

    ⚫︎ PortableXnView MP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    This alternative is disputed. XnView MP is still a legitimate alternative to Apple Photos, but it might have issues that some users think are important.


  3. digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application which makes importing and organizing digital photos a "snap". The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.

    ⚫︎ File TaggingdigiKam can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
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    Some users think digiKam is a great alternative to Apple Photos, some don't.
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    Adobe Lightroom

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Create incredible photos anywhere with all-new Lightroom CC and 1 TB of cloud storage. Get powerful editing features on any device in a new, easy-to-use interface.

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    Some users think Adobe Lightroom is a great alternative to Apple Photos, some don't.

    Only cloud version, no desktop, must pay month fee... really expensive

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  5. PhotoPrism® is an AI-Powered Photos App for the Decentralized Web. It makes use of the latest technologies to tag and find pictures automatically without getting in your way. You can run it at home, on a private server, or in the cloud.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedPhotoPrism is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in PhotoPrism without registration.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedPhotoPrism is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Enjoy browsing your photo collection with our intuitive Progressive Web App — whether it’s on a phone, tablet, or desktop computer.


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    qView

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    qView is a Qt-based image viewer designed to be practical and minimal, available for Windows, macOS, and Linux

    ⚫︎ LightweightqView consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ PortableqView can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Piwigo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted

    Piwigo is a photo gallery software for the web that comes with powerful features to publish and manage your collection of pictures.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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  8. ACDSee is a complex, multi-purpose application that serves for viewing, organizing and editing digital photos. Furthermore, images can be shared on social websites or your own space on the developer’s website.

    ⚫︎ Support for 4KACDSee Photo Studio supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
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  9. Bridge CC gives you centralized access to all the files and assets you need for your creative projects. Organize personal and team assets, batch edit with ease, add watermarks, set centralized color preferences, and even upload your photos to Adobe Stock.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAdobe Bridge can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ File TaggingAdobe Bridge can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    ente

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
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    • F-Droid

    Ente is a simple app to automatically backup and organize your photos and videos.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedente is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End Encryptionente has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across Devicesente can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
    ⚫︎ Dark Modeente supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Automatic Backupente will automatically back up your data periodically.
    ⚫︎ No Trackingente will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Two-factor Authenticationente supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    ⚫︎ No Logsente doesn't keep any logs of your activities.
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