Accessing iWork Files on iCloud using Finder

I've used iCloud to store some of my documents for a while now, but because there historically hasn't been full feature parity between the OS X version of iWork apps and the iOS version of iWork apps, I haven't used it a ton. Now that there is full feature parity between all versions of iWork, I plan on using iCloud much more for storing my iWork documents.

Having said that, sometimes it's nice to be able to access those files and manipulate them using Finder. Working with these files via the iCloud browser can be cumbersome (to say the least). For good reason, Apple has hidden the Finder location of where those files are stored. As usual, I'm here to help discover the location of those files. 

There are 3 apps that make up iWork... Pages, Keynote and Numbers. Each of them have their own storage location in Finder. They are as follows:

  • ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~Pages/Documents
  • ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~Keynote/Documents
  • ~/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~Numbers/Documents

Note: the " ~ " symbol indicates the user's Home folder. 

By default Apple has the user's Library folder hidden. This is to protect against accidental damage to the folder (most people can't handle that level of access). To temporarily disable the hidden folder, click on "Go" on the Finder's menu. While the menu options are being displayed, press the "Option" key. You will see "Library" show up. When you let go of the "Option" key, it will disappear again.

Posted on August 15, 2014 and filed under How To, Mac.