How to import a GarageBand project into iMovie

Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Garageband to iMovie

If you make a song using GarageBand, you may want to use it in an iMovie project. To do so, follow the steps in the next section.


iMovie and GarageBand are only available for macOS and iOS devices.

  1. First, open the desired project in GarageBand by selecting File, Open, and then the desired GarageBand file (with file extension .band).
  2. To export a GarageBand project, select Share, then click Export Song to Disk to open the export menu.
  3. Choose a name for your file, then, under Format, choose MP3 or your desired audio extension.
  4. Click Export to begin the process. Once your song is exported, open up iMovie.
  5. In iMovie, open your existing project from the library, or create a new one.
  6. Once you are in a project, select File, then Import Media.
  7. Find your exported project from GarageBand, and then select it.
  8. Click Import Selected to bring it to your Project Media. Then, you can drag-and-drop your audio file into your iMovie project.