I thought there was a checkbox to suppress the hiding of my user Library folder on Mavericks, but I can't seem to find it. I appreciate hiding Library by default, but since Lion have missed it being easily accessible.

How can I get the library folder to be visible in Finder, the Finder go menus / file save dialogs without needing to hold down shift?

up vote 17 down vote accepted

Open your desired user Home folder in Finder (ShiftCommand + H) and select View > Show View Options. There should be a checkbox for toggling the Library folder.

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  • That absolutely shows me the Library in file save dialogs and Finder views. Now to see if we can leverage that to get the Finder Go menu as well :-) Thanks! – bmike Oct 24 '13 at 19:07
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    Yes, that's odd that it still doesn't show up in the Go menu after enabling it in Finder. Is that a bug or a feature? – Bryan Luby Oct 24 '13 at 19:17

Apple decided to hide the Library from its users in recent OS X updates, but in Mavericks you can now change that with a simple checkbox.

In the past you had to enter a Terminal command with every little system update:

chflags nohidden ~/Library

With OS X Mavericks, you can just navigate to your home folder, press cmd+J to bring up the folder settings, and check the box next to "Show Library Folder" instead.

Even without Admin privileges, you can use the Finder's Go menu to access the library folder. Click on Go, then choose Go to folder... near the bottom of the dropdown menu.

In the resulting dialog box, type

~/Library

and hit Return.

EDIT: Alternatively click Go press and click Library as it will show up on the key-press.

Your Library folder will open in the active Finder window, or in a new window if one isn't already open.

  • The downside of this method being that there is no (one step) keyboard shortcut for doing that. – dwightk Mar 20 '14 at 15:30
  • @dwightk hit the ALT button and it will show up as item in the list. – Rob Mar 20 '14 at 15:50
  • Absolutely, you can always "go" to the location whether it's visible or not. I was really hoping to document how to influence the visibility which is what the accepted answer provides. This is a true statement, and I'm not sure where the admin comes into play - did you mean to edit the answer that's chosen to explain when it won't work? – bmike Mar 20 '14 at 15:55
  • @bmike changed via review page - I cannot see the full question there? Feel free to rollback. – Rob Mar 20 '14 at 16:00
  • @robuust that's cool, then it shows up which lets you bypass the Go to folder command, but oddly there's no keyboard shortcut next to it. – dwightk Mar 20 '14 at 17:59

You have to make sure that you first drag over your Home Folder to the side bar if it's not already there. Then click on it and press Cmd+J.

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