Shane Duffy

Mac OS X – Show Hidden Files in Finder

Posted on: September 19, 2007

One annoying thing about my MacBook pro and OS X is not easily been able to show hidden files.

Showing hidden files

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

killall Finder

killall Finder TRUE

Hide the files again

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

killall Finder

killall finder FALSE

Thanks to Matt for pointing out an error in my screen shots

AppleScript: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition provides a great resource for anyone who wants to build some of there own scripts or learn how to modify others work to extend functionality for yourself and automate some of the routine jobs on your Mac.


8 Responses to "Mac OS X – Show Hidden Files in Finder"

Also, for those who don’t feel comfortable with using Terminal, or would simply like another way to show hidden files, you can use a system/disk utility such as Onyx or
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um.. im kinda a noob to mac’s… where do i type that comand?.

cound u giv a link of a picture showing where to type it ty 🙂

You need to use “Terminal” Use spotlight to search for it or look in Applications > Utilities > Terminal

When you type in “killall Finder”, the Finder has to be capitalized or it won’t kill Finder and you get the error messages shown in your screen captures.

Hmm, shows files but not folders. I tried thinking logically and the following worked for me:

defaults write AppleShowAllFolders TRUE
killall Finder

Nice tip, thanks!

Thanks so much!
The second line of command is critical but which is missing in most other website tutorials.

I tend not to leave a lot of comments, but i did some searching and wound
up here Mac OS X – Show Hidden Files in Finder | Shane Duffy.
And I do have 2 questions for you if you don’t mind.
Could it be only me or does it look like some of these remarks appear as
if they are written by brain dead visitors?
😛 And, if you are posting at additional sites, I would like to keep
up with anything fresh you have to post. Could you list of all
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