Tip to access the User Library Folder in OS X Yosemite and El capitan

Library Folder is one of hidden components in OS X. Let’s see quick tip to access the Library Folder in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

Why Library Folder is hidden in OS X?

This folder is should be hidden due to root level position in OS X. Library folder contains root features such as fonts, Internet plug-ins, and other items used by apps that are available to all users of the Mac. Changing any single part of this folder without deep knowledge about Mac Operating System obviously causes unexpected troubles.

The 2 ways to access and open Library folder in OS X – El Capitan, Yosemite or any other OS X versions?

Look at 2 quick ways below:

1. The Library appears under Go once you hold the Option key

From Finder > hold down the Option key, then choose Go > Library.

access Library Folder in OS X El Capitan

The Library appears under Go once you hold the Command key.

2. Show the Library Folder constantly in OS X El Capitan or other OS X versions

Commit these actions to make Library folder always appears in Home:

  • Open Finder > Command+Shift+H to access to Home > Command + J > Check at Show Library Folder.

make Library folder always appears in Home

From now, once you open Finder > then Command+Shift+H, Library folder will be visible there.

  • Dave Bayer

    If one is comfortable with (indeed, prefers) the command line, then create the following alias in a startup file such as .bashrc (you know where it goes for your setup):

    alias Library="chflags nohidden $HOME/Library/; open $HOME/Library/"

    Now, typing Library at a command line both unhides and opens the user Library folder. Tested on 10.8 and 10.11 El Capitan.

  • Frank B

    There is no such check box at the bottom of my view options….