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How to Show or Hide Hidden Files or Folder on Mac OS X

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:

  1. 1. Shortcut keys "CMD + Shift + G"
  2. 2. Terminal provided by Mac OS X
  3. 3. Third-party app

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.

show hidden folder with shortcut keys on mac

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.

Open Finder > Applications > Utilities, and you could find Terminal there. Double-click it to run on Mac OS X.

find and run terminal in finder on mac

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

enter command to show hidden files on mac

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

relauch finder after running command

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

successfully show hidden files in finder

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.

open hidden itunes backup on mac

Step 3: Hide hidden files or folder with Terminal.

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

hide hidden files via terminal

successfully hide hidden files in Mac finder

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

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.

http://gotoes.org/sales/ShowHiddenFilesMacOSX/How_To_Show_Hidden_Files.php

show or hide hidden files with app

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.

https://nektony.com/products/funter/download

show or hide hidden files with funder

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