OS X Tricks: Finder Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X


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Finder Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X


As a part of my OS X Tricks I wanted to share two Terminal commands that show and hide Finder files in Mac OS X. I have run into plenty of occasions where I was performing a repair and I wanted to show all the hidden Mac OS X System files in my Finder.



To show hidden these files in Finder:

  1. 1. Launch Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal).
  2. 2. Type the following text to show hidden files.

:~ username$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
:~ username$ killall Finder


To rehide hidden files in Finder:

  1. 1. Launch Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal).
  2. 2. Type the following text to hide hidden files.

:~ username$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
:~ username$ killall Finder


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