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Showing hidden files in finder within MACOS

By default, showing hidden files in Finder is disabled. (e.g., file names start with ‘.’)

“.bash_profile” or “.vimrc” such configuration files are only available on terminal and some time it is tricky.

There is an workaround to enable the showing feature in Finder.

1. Open your terminal

2. just type the following

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

3. Relaunch your finder by choosing “relaunch”. This menu can be found from top left apple and select “Force Quit…” and choose “Finder”.

You will be able to see hidden files.



Show hidden files on MacOS 10.9 Marvericks.

Copy and paste the following red highlighted line into a terminal.

The reason why this didn’t work:


defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO


and this worked:


     defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 1

     defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0


…is not because of the 1 or 0 at the end, but the way you spelled “Finder” in “com.apple.Finder”. In 10.9, it is “finder” and every other version it is capitalized (Finder). You can use 1/0 or TRUE/FALSE, just as long as finder is NOT capitalized in the command. Seems like a strange change to me.

Show all files or folders in the Finder

If you work with Unix files and folders a lot, you’ve probably already noticed that you can’t see many of them in the Finder—the /usr/bin, and /etc folders, amongst many others, don’t show up in the Finder.


defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

Using a simple Terminal command, you can work with all the files on your machine from the Finder. Open Terminal, type this command, and press Enter:

Source from: http://www.macworld.com/article/51830/2006/07/showallfinder.html