(Optional) In the Library module, choose Library > Find All Missing Photos to display missing files in the Grid view.
Locate missing photos
- Lightroom Classic User Guide
- Introduction to Lightroom Classic
- Lightroom and Adobe services
- Lightroom for mobile, TV, and the web
- Import photos
- Viewing photos
- Manage catalogs and files
- Organize photos in Lightroom Classic
- Process and develop photos
- Develop module basics
- Create panoramas and HDR panoramas
- Flat-Field Correction
- Correct distorted perspective in photos using Upright
- Improve image quality using Enhance
- Work with image tone and color
- Apply local adjustments
- HDR photo merge
- Develop module options
- Retouch photos
- Cure red eye and pet eye effects
- Use the Radial Filter tool
- Use the enhanced Spot Removal tool
- Export photos
- Work with external editors
- Print photos
- Photo books
- Web galleries
- Keyboard shortcuts
If you add, delete, move, or rename image files or folder containing the image files in the Finder (macOS) or Explorer (Windows), the link between the files and the Lightroom Classic catalog breaks. When a catalog can't find a photo, Lightroom Classic displays a Photo Is Missing icon () in image cells in the Grid view and the Filmstrip.
In the Develop module, Lightroom Classic indicates that the photo could not be found, or is offline or missing.
How to find missing images and folders in Lightroom Classic
Follow the steps below to help locate your missing photos and restore links to the catalog.
Links between a catalog and its photos can also break if photos are stored on an external drive that is offline. If the drive is offline, turn it on. If the drive letter has changed, change it back to the letter Lightroom Classic expects.
Click the Photo Is Missing icon ( or ) in a thumbnail cell in the Grid view.Note:
The Photo Is Missing icon also appears at the bottom of the Histogram panel. You can click it there, too.
A dialog box opens and displays the last known location of the missing photo.
Click the Locate button, navigate to where the photo is currently located, and then click Select.
(Optional) In the Locate dialog box, select Find Nearby Missing Photos to have Lightroom Classic search for other missing photos in the folder and reconnect them as well.Note:
If an entire folder of photos is missing — the folder is grayed out in the Folders panel and has a question mark icon () — you can relink all the photos at once by right-clicking (Windows) or Control-clicking (macOS) on the folder and choosing Find Missing Folder from the context menu. See Locate missing folders.