Show Library Folder in Mavericks Mac OS X

I have created video how to show Library folder in Mac Lion OS X two years ago, and now another Mavericks OS X tips, especially, showing Library folder in Mavericks is even easier.

Before we begin, by default it is hidden, in this Apple support page, it explains, why Library folder in Mac is hidden.

However, there are many ways to show it.

The old methods still work well, including keyboard shortcuts like:

1. Hold your “Options” (Alt) key and click on “Go” on the top menu bar, and the Library will be shown.

Option Key
Option key, labeled as “Alt” in Mac keyboard
Go and Library
Hold Option key, and click “Go” on top.

2. Or Press your “CMD+Shift+G” keys at the same time, then typing “~/Library” on the “Go to the folder:” dialog box, will also bring you to the Library folder of “User” directory.

Shift+CMD+G in keyboard
Shift+CMD+G in keyboard
~/Library
~/Library

Now the third way, in Mavericks OS X is even easier.

Steps to show Library Folder in Mavericks Mac OS X

1. With Finder window open, click on “Finder”, “Preferences” or “CMD” and ”,” keys.

CMD and ,
CMD and ,
Finder then Preferences
Finder then Preferences

2. In Finder Preferences, click on “Sidebar” on the top. In Favorites, you’ll see the Users home folder is untucked, tick that tick box, and your Home folder will be shown at the sidebar, my Home folder, labeled, as “Me” yours should be different.

Finder Preferences, Sidebar
Finder Preferences, Sidebar

Note: You have to show your “Home” on your Favorite sidebar first, otherwise, there won’t be “Show Library Folder” option in the step 4 below.

3. Once your Home folder is on the left sidebar you still can’t see your Library folder, but if you right click, you’ll see “Show View Options”.

You can also go to menu on the top, “View”, “Show View Options”.

View - Show View Options
View – Show View Options

Also, use shortcuts “CMD” and “J” keys, is the same as “Show View Options”.

Show View Option with right click
Show View Option with right click

4. In the dialog box, tick “Show Library Folder”. Then it will show you your “Library” folder.

Show Library folder in Mavericks
Tick “Show Library folder” in Mavericks


As in the video, I also mentioned, it’s hidden by default for your own good, and if in case, you want to hide it back, you need to go to “Preferences” again, tick off your Home folder, and in tick off “Show Library Folder” back again in alternative to using the terminal commands.

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