Show/Hide Hidden Files on Mac OSX
How to Show Hidden Files on OSX
- Launch Terminal
- Type in “defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true” (without the quotes, pay attention to the capital letters) at the command prompt, right after the dollar sign.
- Restart the Finder by typing in “killall Finder” minus the quotes and be sure to capitalize Finder. You can also restart the Mac OS X Finder by clicking the Apple on the upper left of the screen and selecting “Force Quit.” Click on “Finder” and hit the “Relaunch” button.
- Open up a Finder window by going to the Dock and clicking on the Finder icon.
- See that there are now files with a dot (or period) in front of them like “.Trash” and others. You can also create hidden files yourself by naming them with a dot in front of the filename.
How to Re-hide Hidden Files
- Launch Terminal.
- Type in “defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false” (without the quotes, this is case sensitive) at the command prompt.
- Relaunch the finder by typing in “killall Finder” without the quotes and remembering the case sensitivity. Open a new Finder window. Those files that had the dot preceding the file name are hidden again.