Showing library in High Sierra

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by ashleykaryl, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. ashleykaryl macrumors regular

    ashleykaryl

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    I like to see the user library in the finder and as most of us know, Apple deliberately hid this a few years ago, so we have to access it via the Go menu in finder and pressing the alt key.

    In the past it was possible to make the library permanently visible with a terminal command "chflags nohidden ~/Library", however this no longer appears to work in High Sierra. Does anybody know the correct terminal command now?
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

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    You can make it permanently visible by using the Finders views settings (Dont know what its called in english - Command + J in Finder). Its been there for a couple of years.
     
  3. ashleykaryl thread starter macrumors regular

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    If I look under finder preferences I don't see any sign of this option.

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  4. 011 macrumors member

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    You can try to open Finder, press Cmd shift . (it is dot, period) which reveals hidden folders and, after that, on the left side, go to main folder (usually your name) and you will se Library folder grey shaded.

    You can drag it on the left side holding ALT and CMD button.
     
  5. Septercius macrumors member

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    It's not under Finder preferences, you need to open up your home folder, click on the "View > Show View Options" menu item and turn on the "Show Library Folder" item.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:

    If none of the above suggestions work for you, open terminal (in the utilities folder), then copy this command and paste it into terminal (and hit return):

    chflags nohidden ~/Library

    That should do it.
     
  7. 011 macrumors member

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    That is completely correct and will show him Library folder :)

    He wrote in the first post that he know command but it doesn't work in High Sierra :)



    One more option is to open finder and click on Go, holding ALT (option) key and he will see Library.
     
  8. ashleykaryl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually it doesn't give me that option. This is all I'm seeing when my home folder is open.

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  9. elemenohme, Oct 21, 2017
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  10. ashleykaryl thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's worked, but slightly confusing because it takes me to exactly the same place. I had previously gone to users > Ashley and then selected View > Show View Options. Ashley is my Home user and has the little house icon in the finder.

    If I navigate to Go > Home I arrive at the same place in the finder, however selecting View > Show View Options now provides that option to show the Library.
     

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  11. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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    Select the Home folder in the sidebar of a Finder window.
    Pull down the “View” menu and select “Show View Options”
    Check the box for “Show Library Folder”
     
  12. ashleykaryl thread starter macrumors regular

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    I get that and it's enabled now, but if I manually navigate to exactly the same place in the finder and select the home icon that option to show the library folder doesn't exist when I go to show view options. The route arriving there really shouldn't matter.
     
  13. micjam macrumors newbie

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    worked for me thanks 011
     
  14. jkoerber macrumors newbie

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    So Apple made some weird changes (like they seem to do these days) and made it more difficult to enable your Library folder permanently. The technique to get this to work in High Sierra (10.13.4) like it used to in regular Sierra is to:

    1) Drag your user folder from the finder window to the favorites sidebar on the left (unless it is already there).
    2) Highlight that favorite on the sidebar then type Command-J to open the view options dialog, and then check the box on the view options window to "Show Library Folder."

    Strangely enough, just opening view options on the user folder from the finder window contents does not work? It must be dragged as a shortcut to the sidebar first before you go to view options... go figure?

    This should permanently enable your Library folder.

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  15. utelme macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Dec 9, 2018 ---
    Every Update Apple changes everything and anything to prevent users from
    accessing what apple does not want you to see. Pretty much anyone that uses
    a Mac for any amount of time will be directed by third party or even Apple itself to
    go into the Users Library. So why hide it and make it difficulty.


    But hitting cmd-j after selecting the home folder on the sidebar then look down the list
    for show library folder.
     

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