Where is my Library Folder?

March 12, 2012 / Updated: March 12, 2012 / Lena Shore


I am trying to follow some instructions on my Macintosh. It is telling me to go to my user folder and then the library folder. But, it’s not there?


You must have upgraded to Lion. Lion’s operating system hides some important folders including your user’s library folder. Presumably, it is to prevent you from accidentally deleting it.

It is an easy matter to instantly display it.

Launch your terminal (Applications –> Utilities –> Terminal) and enter this command to show your Library folder:

chflags nohidden ~/Library/

If you’d like to hide it again, you can enter this command when you are done:

chflags hidden ~/Library

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Lena Shore

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  1. Lena Shore on April 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Great tip! Thank you!

  2. Richard Robertson on April 3, 2012 at 6:22 am

    A temporary to show the folder that does not involve the terminal:

    In the finder: GO -> Go to Folder
    Enter: ~/Library
    Click Go

    The Library folder will be available until the Finder window is closed.

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