In Lightroom 3.6 I am trying to produce (export) a list of selected files to be processed externally in another application. I do NOT want to export the images.

I am seeking a list that produces the full paths with file names of files selected in the filmstrip.

d:\IMAGES\2013\US\01-25 Omaha CAM-A\NK175312.NEF

I'd would assume a script in LUA could do, starting with something like this:

local activeCatalog = LrApplication.activeCatalog()
local filmstrip = activeCatalog.targetPhotos

But from here on I am lost.

Any ideas are appreciated.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Good question. What I found is an export plugin which creates a text file with information about all files exported. I then wrote a Python script that parses the file and does what I needed with them. It would be trivial simply also delete the dummy export since in your case you do not need it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 1:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Itai - Right, no export needed. What export plug-in did you use? \$\endgroup\$
    – snahl
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 4:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ It appears to be called List Exported Photos. At least that is what it appears as in the Export dialog. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 15:06

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A donationware plug-in called LR/Transporter can do this according to its change log:

Version 4.24, 20th September 2011

Added new tokens to retrieve the full path name of the original image files (only available on Lightroom 3 or higher). Many of you have been asking for this for years, but we've only just noticed that Lightroom 3 finally gives us access to it!

When no money is donated it can only process 5 photos at a time. When a donation is given to the developer this limit is removed.

If you decide to use this software these are the steps needed to obtain a list of full paths from a selection in Lightroom:

  1. Download and install the LR/Transporter plug-in.
  2. Open Lightroom and select the photos you want included in the list.
  3. Go to File -> Plug-in Extras -> Export Metadata using LR/Transporter....
  4. Make sure the For each image, create a companion file with suffix is unchecked.
  5. Go to the Summary file tab and check Create a summary of all images.
  6. Pick a filename for the list.
  7. In the middle text box enter the following text: {originalPath}{tab}.
  8. You can add a header and a footer in the upper and lower text boxes respectively.
  9. Pick a destination for your list and click OK.

This would be the basic steps to achieve what you want. There are probably more advanced functions in this plug-in but I didn't explore them.

I am not affiliated with this application.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes this plug-in works. But I'd rather use a simpler plug-in or even better a script. Any other suggestions? \$\endgroup\$
    – snahl
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 4:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've just downloaded and "donated" to this plugin. It is annoying that they are "requesting a donation" for the full functionality. I would have donated more. Otherwise it works as expected, thanks. \$\endgroup\$
    – davka
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 15:29

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