How to access User Library folder in Mac OS X Lion?

This tutorial will help you find the Library folder on your new Mac OS X Lion 10.7. OS X Lion hides the Library folder by default for the users. This trick would help you enable it!

Apple’s Mac OS X Lion hides the User’s Library folder by default. But this move was not like by many users of Mac. We can easily get back the Library folder in a jiffy by various methods. In this post, you’ll know how to access the Library folder temporarily and also, how to display the Library folder permanently in the User’s folder.

First, let us see how to access your Library folder temporarily or just once:

  1. Right-Click the Finder Icon in the Dock.
  2. Select the Go to folder option. This will display the Text input box.
  3. Type ~/Library. This will take you to the library folder.
The next method is using the Finder’s menubar to access the Library folder:
  1. Hold Option button on the Keyboard
  2. Click on the Go menubar item and it will display the Library folder’s name.
The other permanent method is to display it in the User Folder forever:
  1. Open Terminal
  2. Typechflags nohidden ~/Library/
  3. This will show the Library folder in the User’s directory forever.

Hope this was helpful. Even though this is a small tip, many user’s have been wondering how to get their Library folder back. Feel free to ask me any queries via twitter (@ImKarthikK) or use the comments section!

  • Hell aye, i want write something cognate this but didnt have time, may i repost this How to access User Library folder in Mac OS X Lion?

  • Common Sense

    After looking at this, how can anyone still believe the fraud of Apple’s UI “elegance”?

    How does an OS go out the door with something as fundamental as key repeat broken? And WTF is up with invisible, secret menu items? And why is the system Library folder shown, but not that of the user?


    • I think your view is valid! I just wonder why they have the System’s Library folder is exposed and the user’s Library is hidden!

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  • Thanks for this. I don’t mind not being able to see ~/Library/ as a rule, but I have some apps that save wallpapers etc. inside there. Without the permanent fix, I can’t see how to find these folders in a dialog such as Change Desktop Background. Cheers!

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