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Access iCloud files from the Finder
iCloud documents are cached on your local machine so that you can open them even if you don't have Internet access. The files can be accessed in the Finder in addition to the Apple application dialog boxes.

You can access them at this location:

~/Library/Mobile Documents/

Each application has its own folder that contains its documents. Files can be added or removed from this window.

(If you need to know how to access your ~/Library folder, here are a couple dozen ways to do so.)

[kirkmc adds: It's worth noting that when you go into that folder, you are actually accessing iCloud; it shows as such in the Finder title bar and path bar. If you move a file from one of these application folders to the Trash, you'll see a dialog informing you that this also deletes them from iCloud, and asking if you're sure that you want to delete them.

By the way, I've created a new iCloud topic, as I think we'll be seeing a number of hints that deal with iCloud, many of which will straddle the iOS and OS X topics.]
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Access iCloud files from the Finder
Authored by: Mackly on Aug 06, '12 11:35:34AM

I have added this folder to my Finder sidebar so I don't have to go looking for it.



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Access iCloud files from the Finder
Authored by: zpjet on Aug 07, '12 01:22:16AM

it is a very special folder indeed. eg you can't drag its proxy (icon) somewhere, eg dock (to have a pretty cloud icon there).

also navigation cmd-up doesn't work within it (even menu item Go > Enclosing Folder is greyed out when in one of the subfolders, or sometimes not but it's not working anyway).



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Access iCloud files from the Finder
Authored by: Djrumpy on Aug 07, '12 04:53:10AM

You are not directly accessing iCloud by opening this folder. You are simply accessing the local cached files. This folder works exactly like a dropbox folder, where local content is updated in the cloud to reflect changes locally.

That said, if you find it easier to work in one folder, TextEdit will give you a friendlier interface, allow you to create 'folders' in the cloud, etc. Then you can just put an alias to the TextEdit folder instead of a shortcut to the ~/Library/Mobile Documents/ folder that isn't as intuitive since they just contain a list of GUID folders.

What I did is to move my documents by dragging them into the TextEdit interface, created my folders and whatnot, found the folder under ~/Library/Mobile Documents/ that was specific to the Text Edit app, created an alias to that folder, and then just dropped the Alias into my Documents folder on my doc so I have quick access to the cached files right from the dock.

Edited on Aug 07, '12 04:56:08AM by Djrumpy



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Access iCloud files from the Finder
Authored by: pyelensky on Aug 07, '12 07:01:47AM

How do you access your PhotoStream photos in iCloud. There does not appear to be such a folder in /Library/Moblil Documents/ folder?



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Access iCloud files from the Finder
Authored by: blumstein on Aug 07, '12 02:52:04PM

Hi, I went to ~/Library and did not see this folder in there. Yes, I use iCloud. Why is not not there? (I also tried searching for the folder).

Paul



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Access iCloud files from the Finder
Authored by: Djrumpy on Aug 09, '12 04:48:36AM

Make sure you are in your personal Library folder and not the System /Library folder.

An easy way to do this is to open a finder window, and then from the menu bar, select GO and then hold down on the OPTION key. You should see the "Library" folder appear (it's normally hidden). Select it, and your user ~/Library folder will open.

From there just look for a "Mobile Documents" folder.

Note that some of these folders will have non-obvious names. where you may see some for Keynote, Mail, Notes, Numbers, Preview, etc. Each of those apps that are Cloud aware may have a folder here. You will also find a few with random alphanumeric strings. Sometimes you can figure out the app that owns these from the names, sometimes not ;)

Edited on Aug 09, '12 04:50:11AM by Djrumpy



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Access iCloud files from the Finder
Authored by: blumstein on Aug 09, '12 01:52:18PM

Thanks for your response. I had a conversation with the author in the meantime and it only works with Mountain Lion, I have Lion. I didn't realize it when I posted.

Paul



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Access iCloud files from the Finder
Authored by: elasticthreads on Aug 13, '12 07:59:26PM

If you want to easily add this folder to your Finder sidebar, and make it easier to scan for documents, rather than having to look thru the weirdly named folders ("com~apple~Preview"):
- select ~/Library/Mobile Documents and start a spotlight search there (start typing in the search field) and
- make sure "Mobile Documents" is selected in the scope bar rather than "This Mac"
- click the plus button and set "Kind" is "Document"
- click the Save button and make sure the "Add to Sidebar" box is checked. Name it "iCloud" if you like.

Now you have a saved search that shows all your Documents in iCloud



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