iCloud Drive – show hidden files?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by thomaskyhn, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. thomaskyhn macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2010
    Does anyone know if it's possible to show hidden files in the iCloud Drive folder?
  2. guttbinder macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2014
    "Mobile Documents" Missing

    Having issues finding the Mobile Documents folder. Found it for a second via finder keyword search but it didn't let me explore the folders.

    Now, oddly enough, I can't find it at all.

    Possibly worth nothing is that I was affected by the "Reset All Settings" bug which deleted my iWork files which are slowly coming back as I type after days of dealing with Apple Support.
  3. w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013
    Path is ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents

    If you create an alias and open it, or place Mobile Documents in the dock, you will be able to see all the contents rather than be redirected to the special iCloud Drive folder.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm not clear what you are trying to say here.

    That folder path your mentioned is the iCloud Drive folder.

    If you do command-option-g from the Desktop then paste in ~/Library/Mobile Documents and return, and look at the top of the Finder window you will see you are in the iCloud Drive folder.
  5. guttbinder macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2014
    W0lf is Correct

    W0lf is correct. However, it certainly doesn't seem like Apple is making it easy. I was able to dig through the folders, but had to make an alias for the encompassed folders each and every time.

    If you try to navigate just by double clicking a folder (without creating an alias), you get a blank iCloud Drive view with nothing in it.

    Hopefully somebody will find out an easier way to do this.
  6. w0lf, Oct 6, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2014

    w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013
    In terminal

    ln -s ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/ ~/Desktop/Real\ iCloud\ Drive
    Or navigate to ~/Library and make an alias manually (IMO terminal is easier and you get to pick where the alias goes without copying moving it).

    Set the view to icon, list, or cover flow view and you can browse like normal.

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  7. guttbinder macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2014

    That did it! Thanks!
  8. compukortschnoi macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2015
    I accidently found this thread.

    In my "Mobile Documents" folder I found a lot of folders belonging to apps I deleted years ago. How do I delete their remainings in this folder?

    Dragging them to the trash results in an -50 error. Deleting them via Terminal lets them reappear half a second later...
  9. KeyMs92, Oct 21, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2017

    KeyMs92 macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2015
    Thanks! An alias indeed prevents a redirect to iCloud Drive.

    However, when I want to view the "Mobile Documents" contents in Time Machine, it redirects to iCloud Drive, even when you use the alias. Frustratingly, you can see a glimpse of the actual contents before it redirects to iCloud Drive. Is there any way to prevent this? Is there any way to disable the iCloud Drive redirect altogether?

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