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How Do I Show Hidden Files In OS X Finder?


Is there a way to permanently show hidden files in the OS X Finder?
- Asked by Jeanne C. November 28th, 2014


OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite users can show hidden files using a simple Terminal command. Launch the Terminal app (inside Applications>Utilities) and then paste in the following:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true ; killall Finder

Hit return to run the query. You should now be able to see hidden files. If you ever want to hide the files, complete the same steps but instead run this Terminal command:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean false ; killall Finder

OS X 10.8 and earlier users should use the following commands to show and hide hidden files:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE ; killall Finder

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE ; killall Finder