local catalog damaged

Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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i go to open lightroom (not lightroom classic) and a red message pops up saing local catalog damaged. below that it says you can fix this problem by restoring from your cloud backup and gives step by step below but i cant find the file they start off with for this procedure. ive tried uninstalling and reinstalling the app on my computer, restarting my computer, and searching through my documents but cant find anything. i just want to be able to edit my photos again, please help

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020
Just confirm, when you start Lightroom you see a splash screen with a dog? What operating system? If Mac, go to Pictures, on and you'll see a file called Lightroom Library.lrlibrary - that's the local catalog. As Lightroom's catalog is in the cloud, you can delete this local catalog (or just rename it) and restarting LR will make it recreate one.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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Just confirm, when you start Lightroom you see a splash screen with a dog?

What operating system? If Mac, go to Pictures, on and you'll see a file called Lightroom Library.lrlibrary - that's the local catalog. As Lightroom's catalog is in the cloud, you can delete this local catalog (or just rename it) and restarting LR will make it recreate one.

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Mar 27, 2020 Mar 27, 2020

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This definitely worked! Everything else didn’t. Not even the solution adobe provided. Thank you soooooooo much! 

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New Here ,
Apr 17, 2020 Apr 17, 2020

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Thank you so much for the info. I have been trying to solve this problem for 2 days. Nothing helped but this definitely did!

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New Here ,
Oct 24, 2020 Oct 24, 2020

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Thank you!! I tried other ways and this worked beautifully! 

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2020 Oct 25, 2020

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Thanks, Saved me a headache! worked to perfection!

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2020 Nov 25, 2020

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Thank you @john beardsworth !

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Nov 26, 2020 Nov 26, 2020

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Came here from google because Adobes fixes weren't working. Easiest fix I've ever used for anything. Thank you!

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Nov 30, 2020 Nov 30, 2020

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This worked! and was wayyy more simple than what adobe help provided! THANK YOU!

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Dec 09, 2020 Dec 09, 2020

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Thank you a thousand times. I am now connected. You are a genius

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New Here ,
Mar 06, 2021 Mar 06, 2021

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Thank you so much! the steps that Adobe provided did nothing but this worked.  

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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John, what is the purpose for the local catalog? Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Assuming we are talking about cloud-dependent Lightroom, think of its catalog as just being a cache and for when you are working offline.

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May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021

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This worked! And it was way easier than the nonsense Adobe posted as a fix. THANK YOU!

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LEGEND ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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  1. On Windows Close Lightroom
  2. Hold down the windows key and Press R to bring up the run dialog
  3. Type %appdata% and hit return
  4. Navigate  the file path through Local to Data and open the folder with a long string of numbers
  5. Rename the file Managed Catalog.mcat to Managed Catalog.old
  6. Delete the previews database
  7. Close Explorer and re-launch Lightroom
  8. Wait for sync to complete

On Mac OS start from Pictures and open Package Contents.

See Local Catalog Damaged for more information.

 

Run.jpg

 

Mcat.jpg

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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When i get to Local, there is no Data option for a folder. I tried clicking
through the Adobe folder from that point and then Lightroom but there is no
manage cat anything, just Caches or Preferences

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LEGEND ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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Open the Local folder, then open the Adobe folder, then open the Lightroom CC folder, then open the Data folder, then open the folder with the long numbers.

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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I found all of that, renamed it to old, deleted the previews folder and the
previews file at the bottom, restarted light room and it still brings up
the local catalog damage. I then uninstalled Lightroom classic to see if
that would effect it but nothing has changed and it still pulls that same
message and i now have Old, Old(2) and Old(3) files.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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Can you log-in to the cloud from a web browser and check that everything is there.

https://lightroom.adobe.com/

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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yeah from there it loads all my pictures i have linked to it and i can edit
those like i used to. Which is even more confusing onto why the
downloadable link on my desktop cant do this.

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New Here ,
Dec 29, 2020 Dec 29, 2020

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Where can I find pictures? I just see Mac photos and my lightroom app isnt working at all on my computer. My online library is working just fine. I found Managedcatalog.mcat and changed it to Managedcatalog.old but no help!

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New Here ,
Feb 10, 2021 Feb 10, 2021

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I had many crashes recently with LRMclassic and decided to switch to LRM( cloud version ) ... than I got a message that the catalog is damaged .

your solution changing the the name really helped.

 

LRMclassic ... I uses it for many years but it's still not a stable platform... thinking know of switching to LRM( cloud)  or maybe use both simultaneously 

 

THANKS... a big headache solved !!!

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New Here ,
Mar 22, 2021 Mar 22, 2021

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Thank you so much for this!

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