How To: Show the Library Folder in OS X Lion
In Apple’s latest release of OS X (Lion), the Library folder is hidden and not accessible by default. For some reason (probably to keep users from causing problems by deleting necessary files) Apple decided to hide it, but what about power users? How do you access the Library folder on Lion if it’s hidden? Well, thankfully, there is an easy way to tell Lion to show the Library folder.
In order to tell Lion to show the Library folder all the time you will need to open the Terminal and execute a specific command. To open the Terminal, click the Applications folder, find the folder called Utilities, open it, and in there you will see the icon for the Terminal application. Launch the application and type in the following exactly as you see it below and then hit the Enter key:
chflags nohidden ~/Library
That’s it – it’s that simple. Now you will have access to the Library folder. I should also note that you only have to use this command once – it should keep the Library folder shown from now on (unless you reinstall Lion or your permissions become messed up).