Showing Hidden Files in OS X Mountain Lion 10.8

Quick tips to show or hide hidden files on a Mac in OS X 10.8

Showing Hidden Files in OS X Mountain Lion 10.8

Viewing Hidden Files in OS X

We sometimes need to view all files on a Mac and unlike Windows where changing the file attributes are relatively simple, it involves some very simple command line trickery on a Mac.

Open a Terminal session by launching Terminal from Applications/Utilities/

To have hidden file display turned on type the following exactly as it appears below,

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true

Hit Enter.

Then type the following to restart the Finder process,

killall Finder

Hit Enter

Changes may be reversed by turning Hidden Files Off by typing the following commands in a Terminal Window,

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false

The Finder process needs to be restarted for changes to take effect so type,

killall Finder 

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