I'm using iCloud drive to sync my e-books via the iBooks app.

I noticed that the synced files show up in the All My Files view. I tried to find out their exact location, it seems to be iCloud Drive / iBooks (via Cmd+I) but when I try to navigate there from iCloud Drive, the iBooks folder doesn't show up, even when I turn hidden files on.

Is that a bug or how come this behaviour?


I've been trying to figure out the same thing. I did discover that in terminal you can navigate to the following directory to see your iBooks:

/Users/YourUserName/Library/Mobile Documents/iCloud~com~apple~iBooks/Documents

I have not figured out how to go here in Finder other than the method that you listed.

  • I was able to access it with Terminal and FTP the books from that location. – MiksiJeppeJuo Mar 6 '18 at 5:41

You can open the directory easily, like that command in your terminal

open ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/iCloud\~com\~apple\~iBooks/Documents/


you can't see it when you browse iCloud Drive in the Finder, a easy way to get to it:

Open any PDF; when it opens in Preview, right-click the titlebar and click "iBooks (iCloud)". When the iBooks finder window opens drag the iBooks folder icon in the titlebar to your sidebar. now you have quick access to your ibooks. You can now drag and drop books on that folder and they will be there when you open iBooks app.

In Mojave it appears it's no longer possible to drag the Books (formerly iBooks) folder icon to the sidebar. However with the folder open/frontmost (and with nothing inside the folder selected) selecting File > Add to Sidebar does the trick.

Or you can create a symbolic link in the home folder by running

ln -s ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/iCloud\~com\~apple\~iBooks/Documents/ ~/iBooks

Neither of these last options work in Catalina -- only using the open command from Terminal as per Zen above works. The Finder is cleverer about truncating the effective path at the iCloud Drive directory.

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