Unhide Library in OS X Lion

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

  1. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    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

    Oct 5, 2008
    Thanks! I was about to post a thread asking this question. This works beautifully!!!
  3. Ropie macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2007
  4. Atarikid macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    I use iTweax 3 Lion for doing this. Great tool imo
  5. FroMann macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2011
    North Carolina, USA.
    Thanks a bunch! Should help me out clean out my hard drive.
  6. mac1984user macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    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

    Jan 29, 2007
    Holding down Option and hitting "Go" on the Finder's menubar will show the Library, too.

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