Make A Symbolic Link to Your iCloud Drive

If you use iCloud Drive to store documents and also use the terminal quite a bit, it might be handy to add a symbolic link to iCloud into your home directory. This will allow you to easily make your way around your iCloud files from a terminal.

You can do this with these steps:

  1. Open up a terminal
  2. Run the following command
ln -s "/Users/$USER/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs" iCloud

Note: the quotes above are important since there is a space in the directory path.

If you run ls, you will now see a folder called iCloud which is a symbolic link to your iCloud drive.

Next time that you need to scp a file from your iCloud Drive to some server, rather than googling the path to your iCloud folder, you can simply cd into it and go to town.

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