Show the User Library Folder in OS X Yosemite

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Here’s an easier way to show the User Library folder in OS X Yosemite, should you need easy access to files such as your Logic Pro preference file, or things like your custom third-party plugin presets or custom Apple Loops for example.

Show the User Library Folder in OS X Yosemite

As browsing to Macintosh HD/Users/YourUserName/ on your Mac’s desktop wouldn’t give you access to your user Library folder, you’d normally hit ‘Go’ in the Finder menu, then hold down the Option key to reveal the user Library folder (note that in the picture below, the user Library folder still is not visible, I couldn’t get it into the screenshot):

Show User Library Folder in OS X Yosemite 1

For a slight better way to show the User Library folder in OS X, try this instead:

– In the Finder menu, choose ‘Go’
– Select ‘Home’
– Next, in the Finder menu, choose ‘View’, then ‘Show View Options’

…or just go ninja and hit β‡§βŒ˜H, then ⌘J

Make sure ‘Show Library Folder’ is checked:

Show User Library Folder in OS X Yosemite 3

That should be it.

Now, whenever you browse to Macintosh HD/Users/YourUserName/ on your Mac’s desktop or choose ‘Home’ in the Finder’s ‘Go’ menu section, your user Library folder will be there in the Finder window. As it should be, if you’d ask me πŸ˜‰

This workaround should work on Mavericks too.

Source:

OS X Daily

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  • Thanks! This was driving me nuts, in order to see the Library I ended up downloading an app that shows hidden files. This is much simpler.

    • Glad it helped.

      A giant leap for mankind πŸ˜‰

  • Eli Krantzberg

    Nice tip! No more holding down the Option key!

  • skitduidet

    Yep, it works in Mavericks too!

  • Saved my long night thanx

  • When I show the view options for the home folder, I don’t get the “Show Library Folder” option.

    • Jens Larsen

      My daughter has the same problem on her MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.10.3.

      • Are you sure she tried it via Finder’s ‘Go’ menu item?

    • What OS are you running?

  • Kayla Mckay

    This may be late but hopefully it helps. I had the same issue as mattsnod and Jens Larsen Where I wasn’t given the “Show Library” option. I had to use the Terminal but it was a really simple fix.

    1.) From the desktop menubar open: Go > Utilities > Terminal
    2.) Paste the following code in the terminal then hit ENTER: chflags nohidden ~/Library

    Thats it!

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