Fix collection naming in Lightroom after Aperture import

February 28th, 2015

I’ve created another open-source project, which helps you fix the collection names created by Lightroom when you import from Aperture.

It’s a pretty basic script, although it took a while to figure out all the hoops to jump through. Hopefully this will help someone else!

Get it at

After using Adobe’s Aperture importer, you’ll find all your Aperture projects have become Collection Sets in Lightroom, with a collection called ‘Project Photos’.

Fair enough… but then when you sync them all to Lightroom Mobile, all the collections you see on your iPhone/iPad are called ‘Project Photos’. Hardly helpful!

So, this script fixes it.

  • Every collection called ‘Project Photos’ is renamed using its parent collection set
  • Projects imported from Aperture that had no sub-albums are turned into a simple collection, rather than a collection set with one child collection.

Feel free to tweak the script to behave differently!


2 Responses to “Fix collection naming in Lightroom after Aperture import”

  1. rtkane says:

    Thank you so much for this! I spent 2 hours renaming “Project Photos” to their parent name from my Lightroom import from Aperture. I got fed up with it and started searching and came across your script. You just saved me an additional 4 hours of work in a 70k photo library. Thank you so much!!!

  2. Ben says:

    Thanks you so much. This script still works in 2018 version of Lightroom classic.

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