I tried searching "$HOME/.bitmonero" and just ".bitmonero" in my finder window and then pressing command+shift+. but I can't find anything...?

  • Everytime I start Monero GUI after a few days, it takes a few hours to load so was just trying out this user guide to try to solve this issue: monero.stackexchange.com/questions/4462/…
    – ello
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 8:15
  • It's probably hidden. Did you try to google how to unhide folders on Mac OS X?
    – dEBRUYNE
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 13:39
  • read this answer to find out Commented Jul 19, 2020 at 15:04

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In finder hold down cmd and shift then the period. The period toggles hidden files that start with a '.' like '.bitmonero'.


$HOME is a variable holding the path to your home directory. $HOME is the name of the variable, but what we want is its value. In your terminal, you can type echo $HOME to find the value of this variable. Then you can navigate to this directory with your finder. On MacOS it should be something like /Users/[your-username-here].

By typing literally $HOME in your finder, you searched for a directory with $HOME in it, not the value of this variable.

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