To View ~/Library in Lion

Posted: February 20, 2012 in iOS

If you’re the kind of user who rarely visits ~/Library, but you’d like to be able to open it if the need arises, these methods are for you.


You can use the Go menu’s Go To Folder command for occasional access to ~/Library.

Use Go To Folder The Go To Folder command, in the Finder’s Go menu (also accessible by pressing Shift+Command+G), has long been a quick way to access invisible folders such as /Volumes and /usr; it’s now useful for accessing your Library folder, as well. Just type ~/Libraryand click Go to view the folder in the current Finder window.

Option-click the Go menu In Lion, as in Snow Leopard, the user-level Library folder is not included in the Finder’s Go menu. But in Lion, if you Option-click the Go menu, your Library folder magically appears in the menu; choose Library from the menu to open the folder in the Finder.


Hold down the Option key while clicking the Go menu, and your Library folder magically appears.

Use the open command in Terminal Launch Terminal (in/Applications/Utilities) from within your own account, type open ~/Library, and press Return to open the folder in the Finder.

Use an application that provides access Some applications that store files in ~/Library (usually in ~/Library/Application Support) include a button or menu command for opening that program’s support folder. Do so, and then navigate up the folder hierarchy (by right-clicking the Finder-window’s title-bar icon, by pressing Command+Up, or, in column view, by scrolling to the left) to view the contents of your Library folder. Perhaps the easiest option here is to activate Apple’s Scripts menu (via the preferences window for AppleScript Editor, which is in /Applications/Utilities); this systemwide menu includes an Open User Scripts Folder command.

Use an AppleScript Speaking of AppleScript, you can create a simple script that opens your Library folder. Launch AppleScript Editor, create a new script document, and enter the command do shell script "open ~/Library". Save the script in Script file format in your Scripts folder (~/Library/Scripts—alas, in the Save dialog, you’ll need to use the Go To Folder shortcut—Shift+Command+G—just to get to the Scripts folder). If you make the Scripts menu visible, as explained in the previous item, you can choose this script at any time to open your Library folder. Some third-party launcher utilities (see the next item) will even let you run scripts using the keyboard or keyboard shortcuts.

Use a launcher utility Most launcher utilities, such as AlfredButlerLaunchBar, and Launcher, let you quickly open folders in the Finder. For example, Launcher will let you assign a keyboard shortcut to ~/Library; press that shortcut at any time to open the folder.

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