Show Hidden files on Mac OS X in Finder

This has already been blogged quite a few times by people, however I regularly have to google how to Show hidden files on Mac OS every time I re-build my Mac or buy a new one.

Thanks to OSXDaily for the original information.

Show Hidden Files on Mac OS X

Launch terminal

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

Make sure you restart the finder by doing the killall command.

If you want to hide the files again, follow these instructions:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

Not much too it, just wish I could remember the command!

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One Response to Show Hidden files on Mac OS X in Finder

  1. Douglas A. Brown March 19, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    Nice article, gotta love command line1.

    You can also do this using a killer tool that allows you to toggle between hidden and viewable files from the Mac menu bar. Lovely app and free w/ source if you are so inclined.

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