I would like to use EasyFind to search inside the folder ~/Library/Application\ Support/Anki2/. Unfortunately, the Library subfolder is not listed under the home folder in the Select A Folder... dialog box. Is there a way around it? Alternatively, is there another file-searching GUI-based application that will enable me to search inside said folder?

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    It will search any folder you drag to it; or just search Invisible files & folders for the entire drive.
    – Tetsujin
    May 12, 2017 at 15:48
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    You can make that folder visible if you want: Paste this to Terminal.app sudo chflags nohidden "/Library" It'll likely ask you to enter your admin password. Press enter after you've entered your pass. If you want to hide that folder again: sudo chflags hidden "/Library". Note that even thought it is hidden, you can still open that folder in finder if you do Go > Go to Folder... and enter /Library.
    – Joonas
    May 12, 2017 at 16:08
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    ^ Note it's ~/Library not /Library. It probably doesn't need sudo either, as it's your own folder.
    – Tetsujin
    May 13, 2017 at 9:52
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    Nor does it need the quotes - chflags nohidden ~/Library rather than chflags nohidden "~/Library"
    – Tetsujin
    May 13, 2017 at 10:02

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The simplest way is to just tell EasyFind to search the entire drive for invisibles.

It's not very efficient, but it's very easy.

Alternatively, it will search any folder you drag to the 'location' drop menu.

For a folder which is normally hidden, such as ~/Library, there are several methods to reveal it.

  • Finder > Go Menu - hold Opt ⌥ & the User Library will be revealed in the menu
    From comments, this may be yet another of those commands that changes by System Language. Adding Shift may apparently be necessary in some languages.

  • Use the Go To Folder... command from the Go Menu or Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ G & type ~/Library
    You can always go to any invisible folder this way, however deeply it's nested, for instance ~/Library/Application Support/Anki2/. Note it doesn't need the space escaping.

  • Permanently unhide by going to Finder, Cmd ⌘ N for new window; Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ H to go to Home folder; Cmd ⌘ J for View Options, then check the Show Library Folder box.

  • Permanently unhide using Terminal & the command
    chflags nohidden ~/Library
    Revert with hidden

  • Unhide all hidden files & folders using Terminal &
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE;killall Finder
    Revert using FALSE

  • Thanks. Very exhaustive. I'd like to comment about your first bullet point. In my system it's not enough to hold down Opt ⌥; you need to hold down Shift ⇧ too.
    – Evan Aad
    May 13, 2017 at 13:27
  • Odd. Never heard of that. adding opt or shift can often make alternative menus appear, but for me using both does nothing. I'm on UK English, what are you on?
    – Tetsujin
    May 13, 2017 at 13:41

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