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May 30, 2019  What is the Library folder on Mac? The Library folder In macOS is the system folder which keeps important support files, such as user account settings, preference files, containers, application scripts, caches, cookies, fonts and other service files. All these files help your Mac and applications to function as they should and work fast. Apple made the user library folder hidden by default with the 10.7 release. If it's necessary to access these files to perform Adobe-related troubleshooting, use one of the following methods to make the user library content visible. Access hidden user library files Mac OS 10.7 Lion. I would like to permanently unhide the /Users//Library folder so that it is always viewable in a new Finder window. Please note, I am NOT referring to the Option+Go menu method. May 30, 2019 Despite the fact that Apple keeps the Mac Library folder hidden from users, it’s good to learn how to show the Library folder on Mac. You may need to access the Library folder when you need to clear cache, remove the app’s leftovers, edit preference files manually, etc.

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.

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?

This works for toggling visibility of the user library folder. Is there a better way?

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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.


Mac Library Folder Hidden

A pure AppleScript way to toggle user library folder visibility:

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.

You may need to access content in the user Library folder to troubleshoot problems with your Adobe applications. The user Library folder is hidden by default in macOS X 10.7 and later releases. Use one of the following methods to make the user Library content visible.

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Hold down the Alt (Option) key when using the Go menu. The user Library folder is listed below the current user's home directory.

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How to get to application library on mac. Note: After you open the Library folder, you can drag the Library icon from the top of that window to the Dock, sidebar, or toolbar to make it readily accessible.

For more information, explanations, and ideas, see 18 ways to view the ~/Library folder in Lion and Mountain Lion.

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