Mac OS X 10.7.1 Hides Your User ~/Library Folder Again, Here’s How to Make it Visible

Aug 17, 2011 - 7 Comments

Show User Library in OS X Lion

Ahhhh the user Library folder has disappeared again! If you already installed Mac OS X 10.7.1 update, you may have noticed that your user library directory is hidden, again, returning it to the default invisible state that Lion wants. Mildly annoying, but it should be expected that system updates will revert things to how Apple intends. Anyway, here’s a quick refresher on how to show the user library folder again in OS X 10.7.1 (or any other version of OS X)

Launch the Terminal and enter the following command:
chflags nohidden ~/Library

Changes take effect immediately and your user library folder will be shown in the user home directory.

The temporary quick methods to access user library in OS X Lion still work too if you don’t want ~/Library to be visible all the time. Those include:

  1. Holding down Option and clicking on the “Go” menu to show “Library” as a choice
  2. Hitting Command+Shift+G and typing ~/Library/

Realistically, if you don’t have any business mucking about in your Library files, caches, preferences, and app data, you probably don’t need the Library folder visible, which is obviously why Apple is hiding it by default in Lion.

Thanks to Albert for pointing this out.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, News, Tips & Tricks


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  1. OPStellar says:

    If you use this command [⌘ + Shift + .] you can reveal all hidden files. Unless your exact wish is to show only the Library directory.

  2. Xavier Schmit says:

    I get this error too:

    chflags: /Users/apple/Library: Permission denied

    However I need to set it to “Not Hidden” as Photoshop requires me to access the Library folder from inside itself, where I don’t have the Go>~/Library -option…

  3. Bill says:

    I get the following error when I try this:
    chflags: /Users/…/Library: Permission denied

  4. Marucins says:

    Repeat a boy…

  5. […] Para recuperarla lo tenemos bastante fácil, y es que únicamente hay que abrir la Terminal y poner este comando: […]

  6. EldRick says:

    Or you can use Lion Tweaks to reset it again.

  7. Parakeet says:

    I noticed this too but just decided to leave it alone this time, just holding down Option key is quick enough.

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