Jul 25, 2011 In Lion, your personal Library folder, at the root level of your Home folder, is gone. Actually, it's still there, but it's hidden. Here are a slew of ways to access it or, if you prefer, unhide it. The Library Folder on your Mac contains Preference Files, Caches, and Application Support Data. While regular Mac users may not find the need to access the Hidden Library Folder, advanced Mac users will at times come across the need to access files inside the Library Folder for troubleshooting and other purposes. Jan 28, 2017 How to find your Mac's Home folder (and add it to Finder) You can go home again - and then pin that home to the sidebar in Finder.
- Jul 22, 2011 Easy Access by Permanently Revealing User Library Folder in OS X Mountain Lion & Lion. To access the user library folder on a Mac with OS X Mountain Lion or Lion, issue the following command syntax into the Terminal app, this will toggle the hidden aspect of the folder to be visible again. Chflags nohidden /Library/.
- Before going ahead with the steps to Access the Hidden Library Folder on your Mac, you need to be aware that /Library Folder contains important Data and Files related to Mac User Accounts. Hence, make sure that you are accessing the Library Folder for a good reason and you do know as to what you are trying to achieve.
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Mac os x unhide library folder. A simple thing I did was to unhide the Library folder and then drag it into my Sidebar. Even if an update hides it again, it's just one click away.
Or make an alias of the '~/Library' folder called '~/Library .'
I thought this was a big deal until I actually got Lion and found that option-clicking on the 'Go' Menu item it was there in the list. that's easy enough for me.
This should be the hint.
I simply can't imagine that a person needs to access that folder often enough to justify un-hiding it. You can easily access the Library when you need it by holding 'option' and choosing Library from the Finder's Go menu.
As a software developer, I definitely need immediate access to this folder, preferable in the way I have always had access to it, by simply double-clicking the folder.
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This is interesting. I made my Library folder visible when I first installed Lion, and it has stayed that way through every update. I can't remember what method I used though.
Here's a launchd plist that will do the same thing, but without the need for AppleScript, login items, etc. Just drop it in /Library/LaunchDaemons and set the permissions properly.
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC '-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN' 'http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd'>
Using the Option-Go menu is fine for the occasional use, but that doesn't work in File dialogs. VERY irritating that they reset this flag for updates or even feel the need to hide it in the first place.
All I do is run the command: $chflags nohidden ~/Library/ There is no need for //usr/bin/ (as mentioned in the previous hint) Then, browse to the folder in the Finder, drag it over into the sidebar, then do the command again. Only this time making it hidden: $chflags hidden ~/Library/ Then, it won't be visible in my ~ folder anymore, but it will still be perfectly accessible from the sidebar.
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I am getting 'permission denied'. I am the administrator so I don't understand why I am getting this.
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You might have to sudo. On my Snow Leopard, I see that the directory is root:admin, so you shouldn't need to sudo, but you might as well try it anyway.
sudo did the trick. Thanks.
Alternatively, after opening the library folder, using the Go menu, you can drag the folder's icon in the title bar to the Dock, Tool Bar, and/or the Side Bar.
Let me rephrase for clarity:
After opening '~/Library' using the 'Go..' menu, you can drag the proxy icon (the icon in the titlebar) to the sidebar, etc.
Freeware for that - allows you to temporarily (or permanently) hide / unhide files and folders. Basically, a GUI for those who don't want to mess with terminal.
That utility is for globally turning off and on the behaviour of hiding files. I don't have Lion yet, but I imagine by showing hidden files globally that way, you'd be able to Get Info on a file and turn off its individual visibility.
All you need to do, on a per use basis, is hold down the OPTION key while selecting GO from the FILE MENU; Library automagically appears in the list.
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To save Snow Leopard users time: this doesn't work in Snow Leopard.
I tried it and got this result:
dyld: shared cached file was build against a different libSystem.dylib, ignoring cache
This is a simple but important hint. Thank you.
What would be a good way to check visibility of a folder, so visibility can be toggled?
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Works great, thanks for the hint. I did run into one hiccup though. I think this was just a random isolated instance but just in case anyone else gets weird behavior, repair your permissions. I changed the permissions of my Library folder and my downloads folder would appear empty (it wasn't empty before) and random files ranging from resource folders to language files and pretty much anything else you can think of was constantly appearing and disappearing.
I performed this hint on a fresh install of lion and it worked perfectly.
End result: Hint works as described, if you run into weird behavior just repair your permissions and try again.
Thanks! I've been looking for this folder for weeks.
It's worth mentioning that installing the system update from 10.7.2 to 10.7.3 resets the user Library to be hidden again, so you'll need to run this command after any system update.
When you launch Terminal, you're in your user home folder anyway, so you only need to type
chflags nohidden Library
The tilde and slash are superfluous.