Show/Hide Hidden Files on macOS

Show/Hide Hidden Files the Long Way

The long way to show hidden Mac OS X files is as follows:

  • Open Terminal found in Finder > Applications > Utilities
  • In Terminal, paste the following:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
  • Press return
  • Restart your Mac

This will show all hidden files. To hide them again, follow the same steps but replace the Terminal command with:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO

It’s not the longest set of instructions or the biggest command to commit to memory but if you’re doing this a lot, it’s worth spending a few minutes now to save yourself a lot more time in the future.

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