Easily show the user Library folder in Lion

By Ross Madden
Published on November 27, 2012 9:43 am MT
Posted in Apple, General Computing, Tips and Tricks

With the release of Mac OS X Lion, Apple made the decision to hide the user Library folder.  This decision was based on their need to protect the user from accidentally deleting important files needed by various programs as well as the operating system itself.  It became even more necessary for most users with the widespread use of the OS X App Store.  However, I have found that some users still need access to this directory from the Finder, and am pleased to post the following fix.  This is taken from the TUAW article cited at the bottom.

  1. In the Finder, select the Go menu from the menu bar at the top of your screen. You’ll notice a list of folders across your system such as Desktop, Downloads, Home, etc.
  2. While the Go menu is displayed, hold down the option key on your keyboard. Like magic, the Library folder will appear between the Home and Computer folders. Click on it to open a Finder window displaying all of the files inside your Library folder.

Adapted from http://www.tuaw.com/2011/08/25/mac-101-easily-show-the-library-folder-in-lion/

However, there are others that would prefer to have this folder reappear more universally.  This involves using a Terminal command window (Applications->Utilities->Terminal.app).  All you need to do is to paste the following into the Terminal window, change the text for [username] to your username directory (of course) and hit enter.  That should do it!

chflags nohidden /Users/[username]/Library/

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