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Where are Apple's default desktop images stored?

Does anybody know where the folders containing the default (i.e. system) wallpapers are located on OS X Lion? (it may not have changed from previous versions of OS X, so please also tell me if you know where they are on a previous version of OS X). Thanks!

[EDIT:] Indeed, a dupe. What threw me off was that I was looking for "Wallpaper", not "Desktop Pictures". Maybe add a tag synonym [wallpaper] for [desktop], to aid searching people who make the same mistake.


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Its on:

/Library/Desktop Pictures/

Notice though this is the system library, not the user library, so its right on the root of the drive and not inside your user folder.

Its hidden by default. Go to terminal and type open /Library to open it.

Hope it helps!

Edit: On Finder, you can hit CMDShiftG and paste the path to go to the folder. (thanks Sjoerd)

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    I used CMD+Shift+G to paste the path there... also works fine. Thanks! I was aware of the now-hidden-by-default Library folders, I must have been looking right past it a couple of times... :)
    – Sjoerd
    Sep 23, 2011 at 3:44
  • Haha right. Cmd+Shift+G! Sorry, I'm a Terminal kind of person :P Your welcome! Glad it helped.
    – kevin9794
    Sep 23, 2011 at 20:54
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    If you cannot remember arcane incantations like CMD-Shift-G, you can instead look in the Finder's Go menu.
    – GEdgar
    Dec 19, 2015 at 20:53

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