How to View Hidden Files in Terminal Under Mac OS X

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How to View Hidden Files in Terminal Under Mac OS X

To view hidden files in Terminal, follow the steps below:

Important Note!: Only use these steps if you feel confident using the Terminal. Otherwise, contact your system administrator to do this for you)

  1. Launch the Terminal application (Application>Utlities> Terminal).
  2. Type the following line in Terminal show all files:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
  3. Relaunch the Finder.
  4. To hide all the files in the file system, type the following line in Terminal:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles No
  5. Relaunch the Finder.

The Terminal is an application in Mac OS X that allows you to work with the Unix subsystem that forms the core of the Mac operating system.


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  • Topic #: 30026-1045
  • Date Created: 11/20/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 09/05/2016
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