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Show User Library Directory in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion & 10.8 Mountain Lion

Justin Tanisawa
posted this on January 24, 2013 07:47 AM

Mac OS 10.7 and 10.8 default to hiding the users Library directory, this is probably to keep people from accidentally deleting or damaging files that are necessary for OS Lion to function properly. That is fine for novice users, but for some of us, we want to be able to access ~/Library/ at will. A visible Library folder was also the default setting in past versions of Mac OS X, here is how to get this back.

Show User ~/Library in OS X Lion & Mountain Lion

Launch Terminal from /Applications/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.


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Richard Akerboom
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One detail, this doesn't replace using option with the Go... menu in Finder to see ~/Library in the Go... menu.

April 21, 2013 04:57 PM