Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X





Introduction: Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X

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Sometimes, you just want to know what hides in your disk!

This instructable will tell you how to view hidden files/folders in Mac OS X. Let's get started!

Step 1: Open a Terminal Window

To open the terminal, navigate to your Applications folder in finder. Then open the utilities folder and then double-click Terminal.

Step 2: Run the Defaults Command

Now, run the following command:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES && pkill Finder

This command will tell Finder to show hidden files and then restarts Finder.

Step 3: The Reverse: Hide Hidden Files/folders

Type the following command to hide hidden files:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES && pkill Finder



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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Shouldn't the last command use "NO" as a value :) ?

    2 replies

    First of all, the && pkill Finder is required to restart finder, the YES part at AppleShowAllFiles indicates that it shows all files, change it to "NO" to reverse the operation

    koune understood that ralphsoft, he was just trying to draw
    your attention to the fact that you forgot to change YES to NO in the
    last step.