Unhide Library in OS X Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by AFPoster, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    #1
    Here are the commands to unhide the Library file that Lion hides by default.

    Show User ~/Library in OS X Lion
    Launch Terminal from Spotlight or Launchpad -> Utilities, and enter the following command to show or hide the directory:
    chflags nohidden ~/Library/

    The users Library folder will immediately become visible again. Reverting this back to the standard Lion setting is simple too:

    Hide User ~/Library in OS X Lion (default setting)
    This returns to the default setting of hiding the user Library directory:
    chflags hidden ~/Library

    Changes take effect immediately again, and Library becomes invisible to the user.
     
  2. lotsofstuff macrumors newbie

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    #2
    Thanks! I was about to post a thread asking this question. This works beautifully!!!
     
  3. Ropie macrumors regular

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  4. Atarikid macrumors regular

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    #4
    I use iTweax 3 Lion for doing this. Great tool imo
     
  5. FroMann macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a bunch! Should help me out clean out my hard drive.
     
  6. mac1984user macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for this! It was something I was only subconsciously aware of - that my User Library was missing. I needed some user fonts out of my MBPs font library so I could transfer them over to my Mini and I was racking my brain trying to figure out where the hell my Library had gone. I was obviously too thick to realise Apple had hidden the folder; I just assumed they'd tweaked the file structure. Stupid me - that would be way too much effort on their part. =)
     
  7. Leia1912 macrumors member

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    #7
    Holding down Option and hitting "Go" on the Finder's menubar will show the Library, too.
     

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