Show User Library Directory in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Mar 21, 2012   //   by NG   //   MacOSx Tips  //  No Comments

Starting with Lion OS Apple has made User>Library invisible to keep people from accidentally deleting or damaging files that are necessary for OS X Lion to function properly.

How to get it back


Show User ~/Library in OS X Lion

Launch Terminal from Spotlight or Launchpad -> Utilities, and enter the following command to show or hide the directory:
chflags nohidden ~/Library/

The users Library folder will immediately become visible again. Reverting this back to the standard Lion setting is simple too:
 

Hide User ~/Library in OS X Lion (default setting)

This returns to the default setting of hiding the user Library directory:
chflags hidden ~/Library

Changes take effect immediately again, and Library becomes invisible to the user.

 

For quick and temporary access to your ~/Library/ directory that still retains it’s default hidden nature, try one of the following three tips:

Use “Go To Folder” and Open ~/Library/ Directly

All you need to do is hit Command+Shift+G from the Mac desktop (or Finder > Go > Go to Folder) and type in ~/Library to temporarily access the Library directory in the Finder. When you are done, close this window and it will no longer be visible.

Access User Library folder in Mac OS X Lion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hold Option and Use the “Go” Menu to Show Library

Holding down the Option key will show the “Library” directory as an option in the Finders Go menu. The other nice thing about the Go menu is that after you have accessed ~/Library on multiple occasions, it will start to appear in the “Recent Folders” submenu for easy repeat access.

Access the Library directory in OS X Lions Go Menu


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access ~/Library from the Terminal

There are a few approaches to the Terminal access of ~/Library, one is to just manually manipulate the filesystem from the command line:

cd ~/Library

You can then manipulate directories or do what what you want in here. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can also just use the ‘open’ command to access ~/Library in the Finder, via the Terminal:

open ~/Library/

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