By default, a Mac user cannot see the Library folder with the naked eye. The thing is, developers hide it from the computer owners making the folder “invisible.” The reason behind this arrangement is the need to prevent accidental removal or modification of important items saved in Library. These essential files may be divided into three major categories: app settings, caches and other system files.
Eventually, you hardly may need any of this stuff during your typical everyday Mac user routine. At the same time, all of these components are equally important to launch and run various types of software. Deleting just a single element may lead to losing apps’ functionality, lags, and in the worst-case scenario - even a system freeze. That’s why you might find it better to leave the default settings the way developers set them up – at least to the maximum possible extent.
Still, the visit to Library may turn out to be necessary when it comes to clearing cache and getting rid of uninstalled software remnants. Then, you'll need to find out how to get to Library and how to make it visible. This article will explain how to work with Library folder safely in order not to do something irreversible.
Do you recognize the role of Mac’s Terminal? Sometimes, it seems like there is nothing impossible for this utility! It has everything a user needs and finds anything a user might require in a matter of seconds! Naturally, Terminal can locate Library folder easily. To detect where it is hiding, use these two steps:
1) Start working with Terminal by finding it in a Spotlight or Launchpad.
2) Copy and paste the following code in Terminal:
chflags nohidden ~/Library/
Now, you can see the Library folder in your Finder. Do you wish to make it disappear again? Here is another text you should copy and paste then:
chflags hidden ~/Library/
There is another way for your Mac to show Library folder once you need it.
1. Open Mac’s Finder located next to the tiny Apple icon in the top-left corner.
2. Select Go from the menu and then Go to Folder.
3. You will see a dialog window where you can enter the text. Type ~/Library and press Go.
4. Here you can see a Mac Library folder among dozens of other folders.
To make Library easily accessible at any time, simply add its icon to Finder Sidebar favorites. Thus, you will be able to access Library in a single click.
Now you can do in Library whatever you need to do. Yet, we'll stress out once again: visit and make changes in the Library folder only when you know what you are doing. Remember, this place has a plenty of important content that you should not delete!
The third method to get to the Library folder hat to do with the third-party app for macOS. The application we're talking about is called Funter. It is a free tool designed to manage "invisible" items on Mac. Also, it can change their accessibility in Finder and "hide" any file you wish.
It makes sense that utility designed to mask files can uncover them. The curious Mac users can install and use this tiny app to discover many interesting things on their Apple devices. If you want to access the Library folder in a twinkle of an eye, Funter is one of the best options. It automatically integrates with Finder and allows modifying the options that make the applications hidden or observable. There are just two simple steps to take:
1. Install Funter and launch the app.
2. Select the utility’s icon in a Finder window and then choose Show Hidden Files.
After Finder reboots, the user will be able to view previously invisible Library folder. If for some reason the user decides to hide the Library folder again, he or she just should perform the reverse procedure and pick Hide Hidden Files.
In the end, as the third time pays for all, we'll once again remind you that you should be very careful when removing any files from the Library folder. Make sure you really don’t need them and your system can do without them just fine.
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Requires MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later