Solved

How to show hidden files and folders in Finder?

Posted on 2012-04-09
8
889 Views
Last Modified: 2012-04-10
I need to back up my repository so I need to find the file, right? I use SurceTree and presume the repository is hidden. I created it in a given folder, and did not see the file even though it functioned fine.

So I presume it's hiding it so I do not delete it by mistake.

Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:newbieweb
8 Comments
 
LVL 23

Assisted Solution

by:Alan Henderson
Alan Henderson earned 125 total points
Comment Utility
This page shows you how:
http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/quickly-show-hidden-files.php

It also shows you how to set up a keyboard shortcut.
0
 
LVL 17

Assisted Solution

by:Anuroopsundd
Anuroopsundd earned 125 total points
Comment Utility
Open terminal  and put below command
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

To make the command take effect, you need to restart the Finder. One way to do this is to hold down the Option key, then click and hold on the Finder icon in the Dock. When the contextual menu appears, select Relaunch and the Finder will restart.

When it does, you’ll find that you can now see every single file and folder on your Mac


http://www.macworld.com/article/1051830/showallfinder.html
0
 
LVL 39

Assisted Solution

by:Eoin OSullivan
Eoin OSullivan earned 250 total points
Comment Utility
If you simply want to check if there are hidden files or folders .. simply open Terminal App ... switch to the folder concerned .. by entering 'cd '  and the folder path .. or you can type 'cd ' and then drop the folder into the terminal window.
cd /path/to/the/folder

Open in new window


Once you are in the folder ... type
ls -al

Open in new window


This will show all files and folders including hidden files and folders beginning with .
0
 

Author Comment

by:newbieweb
Comment Utility
If I were to make it the default to always show hidden files, would I be able to differentiate them from normal files?  I am not sure I would make it the default unless I could also see it was hidden by default.
0
IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

 
LVL 39

Accepted Solution

by:
Eoin OSullivan earned 250 total points
Comment Utility
I find that showing all hidden files by default is VERY annoying as these files are throughout OSX and clutter up your finder and folder views.

You are best to toggle it on an off using the Terminal command (which involves restarting the Finder) or use the Terminal to list the contents of a folder as I describe .. or use a 3rd party Finder alternative such as Path Finder or TotalFinder which allow you to see hidden files without running terminal commands or restarting the Finder.

I must say that PathFinder (http://cocoatech.com/) is a great utility and especially for former- Windows users as it has several powerful features including showing hidden files, sorting folders in certain ways and a lot more that is missing from the Finder
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:newbieweb
Comment Utility
Thanks!
0
 

Author Comment

by:newbieweb
Comment Utility
How do I hide the hidden files again?

I wanted to ask before using:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
0
 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:Eoin OSullivan
Comment Utility
correct .. change TRUE to FALSE ... restart Finder afterwards
0

Featured Post

Do You Know the 4 Main Threat Actor Types?

Do you know the main threat actor types? Most attackers fall into one of four categories, each with their own favored tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

A lot of new and distinct gadgets are making their appearance every other day. The latest gadget that has wooed the attention of all gadget lovers and non gadget lovers alike is the Smartwatch. This tiny gadget is capable of offering live access to …
In this article we discuss how to recover the missing Outlook 2011 for Mac data like Emails and Contacts manually.
Users will learn how resize a batch of photos from a single command in Photoshop via Photoshop's Image Processor. Open up an Image you'd like to resize in Adobe Photoshop: Adjust the image size according to your preferences. Image > Adjustments > …
Users will learn how to set proper sequence settings, scale images, paste attributes, add transitions, fades, and music. Open up Final Cut Pro 7 and Create a new Project: Set the Sequence Settings. a) Click File > Easy Setup > Format > Apple ProRe…

772 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now