To show hidden files in Finder on a Mac, you can use the following steps:
- Open Finder.
- Press the
Command + Shift + .key combination.
- This will toggle the visibility of hidden files in Finder.
- The files will now be visible in Finder, and you can access them as you would any other file.
Alternatively, you can use the Terminal application to show hidden files by using the command “defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES” and “killall Finder” in the terminal.
How to Show Hidden Files on a Mac? How to Access Your Mac’s Hidden Files?
By default, Mac OS X keeps all files and folders starting with
. (dot) hidden.
Here is a sample. How to access the hidden files on your Mac computer.
If you have used Maven in past then you might have some info about .m2 folder. As we know Maven Downloads all .jar files from repository to local machine in a default directory name
.m2 and location of this directory in
Windows machine (Inside
Users Folder) Or in
Home directory in case of
Mac machine. I wanted to change few .jar files and it took some time for me to figure out how to see these hidden files.
Another must read:
If you want to Show all hidden files then use this command:
bash-3.2$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE bash-3.2$ killall Finder OR bash-3.2$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES bash-3.2$ killall Finder
Same way if you want to Hide all hidden files then use this command:
bash-3.2$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE bash-3.2$ killall Finder OR bash-3.2$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO bash-3.2$ killall Finder
How to simplify this process by adding an Alias in .bash_profile file?
- Open Terminal
- Type below command to
openfile .bash_profile in VI editor. If you don’t have file already exist then just create a new one 🙂
bash-3.2$ vi ~/.bash_profile
Enterbelow alias to file and
alias crunchifyShowFiles='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE killall Finder' alias crunchifyHideFiles='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE killall Finder'
- In order to
load .bash_profileexecute below command.
bash-3.2$ source ~/.bash_profile
- And you should be all set.
Now just use
crunchifyShowFiles command directly in
Mac OS X Terminal to
Hide/Show hidden files in Finder Window.
bash-3.2$ crunchifyHideFiles bash-3.2$ crunchifyShowFiles
Enjoy. Having trouble setting this up? Let me know if you have any question on How to see hidden files and folders in MacOS?