Is it possible to use iCloud drive like Dropbox? What I want to do is create a symbolic link to Desktop, Documents and perhaps my Downloads folder in iCloud Drive, similar to how I'd do it in Dropbox. I don't want to use the 'Desktop and Documents' setting in iCloud. It does some weird stuff with my Desktop and Documents folder locally.

  • What prevents you from doing so, what did you try and where did it turn out not to work as expected? – nohillside Jul 27 '18 at 15:16
  • What weird stuff does it do if you use that setting? – jmh Jul 27 '18 at 15:26
  • I'm hesitant to try it, because Apple has a setting for Desktop and Documents syncing. I don't know how its implemented currently, but when done previously, it moved the whole Desktop and Documents folder to ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents and then created a symlink back to the home directory. If you turn it off for whatever reason, then your Desktop and Documents folder used to disappear from home folder and reside in the Library folder. My hesitancy is honestly because I don't think Apple is super reliable with this server side stuff unlike Dropbox(in how its implemented I mean). – Venkat Jul 27 '18 at 16:03

Apple has a built-in setting to do basically exactly what you want. It's not technically a symlink, but it accomplishes the same functionality. It also gracefully handles different desktops on different machines. And it all works as expected in the Files app on iOS:



Yes, it's entirely possible.

You can create a directory in ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents and then symlink that wherever you like.

  • Maybe you misunderstand, but I want to create a symlink top desktop folder and documents folder and place that symlink in iCloud Drive. I have tried this, however the Files app on iOS doesn't recognize the folder, and doesn't show the contents(it thinks its an alias file that's all) – Venkat Sep 6 '18 at 21:28

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