Snippet: How To Show Hidden Files on Mac OSX

  1. Pop-up a Terminal (Applications > Terminal, Cmd+Space : “Terminal”)
  2. Paste the line below :
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles 1
  3. Reload Finder (Apple logo > Force Quit > Select “Finder” > Reload)
  4. That’s it ! You’ll see (most of) all the hidden files in Finder. Even the not so sexy .DS_Store files that stores the custom attributes of the containing folder, kind of like Thumbs.db on Windows.
  5. To hide them back, simply type into a Terminal :
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles 0

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