Monday, September 5, 2011

How to repair a damaged Lightroom catalog

Lightroom catalog files (.lrcat extension), are in reality SQLite database archives; for that reason it's possible to manage them with the free sqlite3 application (Windows and MAC).
With Sqlite command line utility is possible to repair and compress a catalog (even when Lightroom itself fails opening them):
sqlite3.exe catalogname.lrcat .dump | sqlite3.exe newcatalogname.lrcat

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