Bring Back the Hidden /Users Folder in OS X 10.9.3

Update: Apple has released a fix for this issue.

OS X 10.9.3 was released today, and with it a bit of a surprise: the /Users folder is hidden. This is the top-level folder, at the root of your hard disk, that contains each user’s home folder.

It’s easy to bring it back though. Run the following command in Terminal:

sudo chflags nohidden /Users

Enter your administrator’s password when prompted, then press Return. The /Users folder will be visible again.

Update: apparently, for some people, the /Users folder is not hidden. It’s not clear why. It’s hidden for me on both my Macs, and both have multiple user accounts, and I’m logged in as administrator on both. If you don’t see it hidden, post a comment; I’m curious to try and figure out why this may be.

It turns out that, after running the above command, and restarting your Mac, the /Users folder becomes hidden again. To ensure the visibility of the /Users folder after restarts, you can create an AppleScript applet, and set it to run when you log in to your Mac. Use the following code:

tell application "Terminal"
do shell script "chflags nohidden /Users" password "yourpassword" with administrator privileges
end tell

Replace “your password” with your user password. Save this as an application, and add it to your login items in System Preferences > Accounts.

Update 2: Dave Mark has a great solution on The Loop. He suggests simply creating an alias of the folder. This will remain visible after restarts, and you won’t need to worry about AppleScripts. You won’t be able to name the alias Users, however, since that name is taken by the hidden folder. You can also do this for the /Library folder in your home folder, to ensure you can access it easily.

Update 3: Please read this article for the reason why this is happening. Curiously, it has to do with the iTunes 11.2 update and Find My Mac…

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