The Mac OS X File System

  • Scott Mayers
  • Mike Lee


In this chapter, we are going to step back and take a tour of Mac OS X’s file system to discover what items exist in what folders and why (and also what you can but shouldn’t change, and why). We’ll the following cover in depth:
  • The overall file structure of Mac OS X

  • Your personal home folder and its contents

  • The top-level folders, including the System folder, Library folder, and Application folder

  • Other common folders

  • Hidden folders


File System Home Directory Support File Common Folder Preference File 
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© Scott Meyers and Mike Lee 2011

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  • Scott Mayers
  • Mike Lee

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