Unbound is the no-nonsense photo browser. Manage your photo library the way you want—just point the app at your photos directory and you'll get a simple, gorgeous browsing experience that respects your files & folders.

Unlike other photo managers, Unbound doesn't use some proprietary library that might screw up your data... or be abandoned. With Unbound, your photos simply live in a plain old folder on your computer, accessible from anywhere. You can use Dropbox or any of a million other cloud syncing platforms to back them up and share them, and you can be *sure* they're actually backed up. Your photos are just files... what a concept!


Unbound was designed with speed as a priority. Everything from the initial app launch to scrolling through your thumbnails is incredibly responsive. Access photos whenever you want without having to wait.


Unbound keeps your photo organization simple. Use albums to group your photos and easily find them later. Instant search puts any album within a few taps of your keyboard. (Oh, and don't worry... an album is just a folder within your main library directory!)


Unbound doesn't create a separate photo library like other photo apps. Instead, Unbound uses your existing file structure to create its albums. That means your photos aren't duplicated and you save space.


Using the file structure also means that you can edit, copy, delete, and move your photos using the Finder, Photoshop, or any other app. Unbound watches the files and stays perfectly up-to-date.

What’s New

Version 1.5.0

By popular request: we now support scanning multiple photo directories! This means if you have, say, some of your photos in Dropbox, others on your hard drive, and yet more on a network drive, you can now see them all in one place in Unbound.

Also includes a handful of fixes for icons looking a bit off in Big Sur.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

bertfw_ ,

This is a no-nonsense photo manager

This is one of the few photo managers for the Mac that lets you keep your photos where YOU want to keep them. It does not have some application-managed repository you have to "import" photos into.

You just point this app to a directory and it indexes all the photos in that directory, exposing directories as groups of photos aka "albums". It is very fast, and very simple, it doesn't needlessly duplicate your photos like practically every other app out there. It treats the photos are files, which is what they are. It's too bad more Mac applications don't work this way.

The only thing I dislike about Unbound is: by default it will descend into every subdirectory and create an album for each directory. I would prefer an option to only create albums for the first level of directories. It would also be nice if it provided a means to specify more than one directory to look in for albums, rather than just a single root directory.

SmileyKeith ,

Great app for browsing raw photos

Since Aperature was shuttered by Apple I haven't found a great app for viewing all of my photos quickly and easily while also leaving them in the same place. This app does just that and makes it easy for me to edit them in an external app.



If you have PREVIEW and FINDER (which everybody does) YOU DO NOT NEED THIS. You can’t export, you can’t save from, you can’t copy from. All you can do is view so this app is absolutely useless if you’re looking for a way to actually organize your photos, divide them up into different locations, send them, etc.
I don’t even understand how this qualifies as an app.

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Tyler Young
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macOS 10.15 or later



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