~/Library is a very important folder in macOS. You can understand that this folder has a similar role to AppData folder in Windows (If you have ever use Windows). Most software’s (including native Mac apps and others) store configuration files there. In most case, you rarely touch this folder but some advanced users or in case you have to config some functions of the apps manually, you need to open it to modify.
How to show Library folder in macOS
Because of the importance, this folder is hidden but there are some approaches to access and show it. In this post, two ways will be mentioned.
Just access ~/Library folder when you need
We suggest using this way even this is less convenient compare to the 2nd ways. In detail, this way keep Library in hiding as normal you can only access it and when you finish working there the folder back to secret mode.
- From Finder on macOS, click Go menu to pull it down. When Go menu is opened, press Option key in the keyboard to show Library menu item. Now, just click it to show ~/Library folder in Finder
- Also from Finder and Go menu, you can click Go to folder… menu item and type /Library in pop up windows to open it
open ~/Libraryin Terminal application also is a good idea to open Library folder in macOS
Access and Reveal ~/Library folder
This way is used if you need to access ~/Library permanently. You will change some options to reveal the folder and keep it to be ready to access anytime like normal folders.
- From the Finder on macOS, go to the Users home folder
- When Finder is showing Users home folder with list of sub folder like Applications, Desktop, and Downloads etc, Click to open “View” menu and choose “Show View Options” menu item
- Choose “Show Library Folder” in the settings options, the Library Folder will appear immediately.
When ~/Library is showed in the list, you can drag it to the Favorites panel in the left side bar of Finder to keep it there, it is easy to access later.