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The show hidden files Mac OS X guide!

Did you know how to show hidden files on Mac OS X computer yet? It’s not similar to what you do in Windows. There is a bit more complicated and require you to type a few commands in Terminal in Mac OS X to show those hidden files.

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My story is that I just switched to Mac OS X a few months ago. At that moment, I was just learning how to use this new operating system, from how to install or uninstall apps, copy and paste files, as well as, take screenshots. One day, I was wondering how to view system files that are hidden like in Windows? With the help of Google and information from a few sources, show or hide hidden files never been easier, especially doing that using short alias commands instead of typing long commands, which aren’t easy to remember.

In Mac OS X, by default, all files that starting with a dot (“.”) before the file name are always invisible, including .bash_profile, .svn directory, or even .htaccess file. If you want to access these files, you need to make it visible.

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Before reading this guide, you may think to make hidden files to viewable is hard. But don’t worry! Today, I write this simple guide to show you the easiest way to show hidden files on Mac OS X computer. You only need to type a few long commands in Terminal application once. Next time, you just need to use showFiles and hideFiles commands to show or hide hidden files on Mac.

Use Terminal Commands To Show Hidden Files Mac OS X

To show hidden files on Mac, click on the Finder icon in the bottom Dock and then go to Applications > Utilities and then open Terminal application.

In the next step, type the command below, or just copy & paste it, and then press the Enter key.

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

Next, press and hold the “Option” key, and then right-click on the “Finder icon” in the bottom dock and select “Relaunch“.

This action will refresh the Finder and show all hidden files on Mac OS X. If you want to hide these files again, type the following command in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

If you can remember these commands, it’s very easy for you to show or hide hidden files. However, in case you can’t remember these commands, you will have to search for it on Google whenever you need to show or hide these files.

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Show And Hide Hidden Files On Mac OS X With Terminal Aliases

What’s a Terminal alias? It’s a shortcut for one or more commands. By creating aliases for the show hidden files or hide hidden files commands, you only need to remember aliases, and then you can show or hide files quicker.

To create aliases, open Terminal and then type:

sudo nano ~/.bash_profile

It will ask you to provide the administrator’s password. Just enter your password and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

At the end of the .bash_profile file, just paste these code:

alias showFiles=’defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES; killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app’

And then:

alias hideFiles=’defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO; killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app’

In the next step, press Control + O (or Ctrl + O) and then press Enter to save the modification on the file.

Next, press Control + X (or Ctrl + X) to exit the editor to return to the Terminal window.

In the Terminal, type:

source ~/.bash_profile

to make two above aliases available.

In the next time when you want to show hidden files or hide hidden files, just type:

showFiles

or

hideFiles

in Terminal, respectively.

showFiles and hideFiles to Show or Hide Hidden Files Mac OS X

Hidden User Mac Os X

With these aliases, it will help you to speed up the show or hide hidden files process. You can also create aliases for long commands in Terminal to do any tasks quicker.

If you have any questions about this show hidden files Mac guide, feel free to ask me by leaving your comment below.

Want to view hidden files or folder on Mac OS X? Here three ways are available for you to choose, especially the first two are recommended to show hidden files or folder in Finder.

3 Ways to show or hide hidden files or folder on Mac OS X:

Way 1: Show and view hidden files or folder with shortcut keys

Get this way while you have the detailed location of hidden files or folder.

For example, when you need to view hidden iTunes backup on Mac, just press CMD + Shift + G and enter the backup location in pop-up Go to Folder dialog. Then click Go to open the hidden folder on Mac OS X.

Way 2: Show and view hidden files or folder with Terminal

Terminal would always work while you need to show or hide hidden files or folder on Mac OS X.

Command to show or hide hidden files via Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

Step 1: Run Terminal on Mac OS X.

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Open FinderApplicationsUtilities, and you could find Terminal there. Double-click it to run on Mac OS X.

Step 2: Show hidden files on Mac with Terminal.

1. Enter or paste the following command in Terminal and press Enter.

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

2. Hold on Option (Ctrl +Alt) and click Finder. Select Relaunch from pop-up menu to reopen Finder.

3. Go to the user 'deger' and hidden files and folder are shown.

For example, you can see the Library that saves iTunes backup appears. You can open it to see iTunes backup file. As you know, when hidden files are not shown, you cannot open iTunes backup file with this method in Finder.

Hidden Files Widget Mac Os X

Step 3: Hide hidden files or folder with Terminal.

Hidden Space Mac Os X

Go back to Terminal and type the following command. Press Enter and hidden files or folder would become hidden again after Finder relaunches.

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

Compared to above feature provided by Mac to show or hide hidden files or folder, third-party app would work more easily, especially when you need to usually show and hide some files or folder. It is worth trying but the security of the apps cannot be promised or guaranteed.

Way 3: Show and view hidden files or folder with third-party app

Choose one from them if you prepare to show or hide hidden files on Mac with third-party software.

1. ShowAllFiles

Hidden Partition Mac Os X

Download the app and double-click the zip file you get. Then it would run on Mac OS X. With two buttons on the app, 'Show Special Files' and 'Hide Special Files', you will be able to show or hide hidden files easily. When all files are shown, and if you want to make some of them invisible, just need to drag them to the box on the app.

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2. Funder

With only the option 'Show Hidden Files' on Funder, you could show hidden files or hide files by turning it on or off.

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