I noticed, I am missing some of my default folders in the finder (Public, Sites, Movies, Library).

However I can list them in the terminal and enter them with the cd command.

I tried to use chflags nohidden, to make them visible in the finder again, but nothing happened.

Is there any other way, to make them visible again in the finder?

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  • Where exactly do you miss them, in the sidebar or in the content part itself? If unsure, just add a screenshot please.
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 12:45
  • In the sidebar and in the content part itself. Screenshot attached. A Movies folder is actually there (Filme), but it seems not to be the correct one, as I see a folder Movies and the folder Filme in the terminal.
    – Jakob
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 13:03
  • Did you restore your home folder from backup or similar recently
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 13:14
  • I do not remember, when I restored everything from a Time Machine Backup, it must have been quite a long time. However I do not remember as well, when I last saw those folders.
    – Jakob
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 13:28

1 Answer 1


I think that it's a permissions problem.

diskutil resetUserPermissions / `id -u`

After entering the diskutil command, if Terminal says that permissions reset on user home directory failed (error -69841), enter chflags -R nouchg ~ and enter the diskutil command again.

You can also double-check whether your user Library folder is set properly. Open Finder as root:

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder

Now navigate to your home folder, click on Library folder > cmd+J > check the box for "Show Library folder".

Let us know whether this solved your problem.

  • Thanks, the Library folder is back. The rest of the folders - Public, Movies, Sites - is still missing.
    – Jakob
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 14:04

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