Move the Apple Mail Download Folder

Apple Mail seems to use its own location for downloading attachments that you double-click on. On my machine, this was in

~/Library/Containers/\ Downloads

I wanted those to go into


And since Apple as a company keeps thinking about even the illiterate, it hides the Library folder, and even if you unhide it for the Finder and create a “Shortcut”, it won’t work. So, open and do

mv ~/Library/Containers/\ Downloads/* ~/Downloads
rm -rf ~/Library/Containers/\ Downloads
ln -s ~/Downloads ~/Library/Containers/\ Downloads

To fix that.

Interestingly, Apple Mail’s preferences did point to ~/Downloads all the time. But that’s used only when you do a “Save to Downloads Folder.”

Oh well…