Get your Library folder back for good in Mavericks

Beginning with OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple decided that it was best to hide the Library folder from users. It was probably a good decision because the Library folder contains all of the settings files for your account, and messing with files in there can disastrous effects if you aren’t careful. So it makes perfect sense to add an extra secret step to get to your Library folder.

Temporarily revealing the Library folder

This works in 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks). Simply open a Finder window, click the “Go” menu, and press and hold the Option key. The Library option will appear in the menu as long as the Option key is held down.

Permanently getting your Library folder back

This only works in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

  1. Navigate to your Home folder. One easy way to get there is to open a Finder window, click the “Go” menu and then click “Home” from the menu. The Finder window should have a house icon on top with your username, and the window should show folders such as your Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, etc.
  2. Click the “View” menu.
  3. Now click “Show View Options” from the menu.
  4. Finally, in the small window that pops up check the box to “Show Library Folder”.

Show Library Folder