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How can I download folders from ~/Library/Mobile Documents/ ?

  • I see that I have 10 gigabyte of files saved in the cloud as WhatsApp backup.
  • I want to download that to my desktop.
  • I know it is located in e.g. /Library/Mobile Documents/42T9237FN3~net~whatsapp~WhatsApp/Accounts/<98798799897>/backup

But I can only see meta files of type .icloud there on desktop.

I need to fetch the whole folder and all backup files to my desktop for further investigation.

Any idea?

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  • Can't you download it from www.icloud.com ?
    – sfxedit
    Jan 12, 2021 at 11:51
  • This answer might also help
    – nohillside
    Jan 12, 2021 at 12:22
  • @sfxedit no, cannot download it from the website, because that folder is not visible there (it is part of the pretty much hidden Library).
    – Rainer
    Jan 12, 2021 at 13:16
  • @nohillside sounds interesting, will look into that... It's all quite complicated...
    – Rainer
    Jan 12, 2021 at 13:29
  • Also this: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/328329/…
    – Rainer
    Jan 12, 2021 at 16:47

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