Ever since the release of Mac OS X Lion, Apple has decided to keep the Library folder on your need to access the files in your Library folder. The Library folder has been used often for troubleshooting methods, when there’s a problem with an application or a component shared by various applications.
When you experience such a problem and then also can’t find your Library folder, you may begin to think that you now have two problems, at hand, but this isn’t the case. You don’t need to worry, as you can easily make your Library folder visible, once again. The process to make your Library folder is very easy to carry out, and will only require a few moments of your time. In order to get started and always make your Mac’s Library folder visible, follow the simple instructions below.
Use Terminal to Make Library Folder Always Visible – Mac
In order to make the Library folder always visible on your Mac, you’ll have to use the command line. For those of you who don’t know, the command line is text interface on your Mac, that accepts commands from you, which are then sent to the operating system to run. ON your Mac, the command line exists in the Terminal application. If you’ve never used the command line before, you don’t need to worry.
You may be thinking that you have to be an advanced user to carry out the method below, but this isn’t true. Even if you’re a novice, or have never even heard of the command line, you’ll be able to carry out the method below. In order to get started, and use Terminal in order to make your Library folder always visible, follow the simple instructions below.
1. Launch Terminal. You can use Spotlight to do this, by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of your screen. Type in Terminal in the search bar, and then press the enter/return key.
2. Enter the following command,
chflags nohidden ~/Library
3. Press the enter/return key.
4. After the command has executed, quit Terminal.
That’s all it takes. You’re all done. The Library folder will now be available in Finder. As you can see the process was very simple to carry out, and only required a few moments of your time. Terminal is an extremely powerful tool on your Mac, and can accomplish various tasks on your system, with the press of a few buttons.
If this was your first time using the command line, pat yourself on the back for a job well done. You may want to consider learning how to use the command line, in depth, as it will allow you to accomplish your daily tasks, in a matter of moments. However, the command line is a sensitive tool that you shouldn’t play around with. If you enter commands without knowing their capabilities, you could end up moving around files on your system or deleting your data.