Show hidden files on Mac OS Finder

Sometimes it’s very useful to access hidden files and folders if you are a Linux geek like me and hassling around with different kind of software that for example create files and folders starting with a dot and are not visible by default in GUI. Believe or not, commandline-freaks also use GUI sometimes and on Mac it’s usually Finder.

This is quite simple actually. Just open Terminal and insert this command:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE && killall Finder

And if you ever want to revert back, just the same thing but setting it to FALSE:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE && killall Finder

Note that this is only tested on OS X Mavericks, which is version 10.9.

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Roni Laukkarinen

Roni Laukkarinen

Editor-in-chief and owner of Geeky Lifestyle blog. Truly a jack of all trades, a Swiss knife; an avid tech and multimedia geek, coder, owner of a digital agency company, sysadmin, music enthusiast, artist and film critic.

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