If you are reading this post, you could be in a serious panic at the fact that your Lightroom catalog will not open because you are receiving a message that reads, “Lightroom has encountered a problem”, and now you are ready to either run for the hills, pull out your hair or smash your computer but before you do any of that, let us try and help you.
In some cases, Lightroom will try to fix this problem on its own but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. Luckily for you, we can manually fix this issue on your own if you follow these easy steps.
- We need to locate the Lightroom catalog you are currently working in. In the menu bar, if you are working on Windows, go to Edit menu tab, if you are working on Mac, go to Lightroom menu tab. Select Catalog Settings > General and select the Show button to open in Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac), then quit Lightroom. NOTE: If you can’t open Lightroom, which is often the case, you will need to search your computer for the file extension .LRCAT to locate your catalog. This is also why it is a good idea to know where your catalog is being stored in the first place. More on that in another post.
- Now that we have located the Lightroom Catalog, you will also notice another file type next to the .LRCAT file and it is called the PREVIEWS.LRDATA file. Select this and Delete it.
- Lastly, try to reopen your Lightroom Catalog and presto, you should be back in action.
Here is a short video on how to repare your corrupted Lightroom catalog.