Mac OS X: Showing Invisible Files

I originally posted this at http://www.318.com/TechJournal

Have you ever been looking for some files an you just can’t find them. Well, maybe they’re hidden. If you need to see hidden files, use the following command:defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true
killall Finder

The problem with seeing hidden files is that you see a lot of stuff that you really probably don’t want to see. So to get back to a state where you don’t have to see all of the invisible files, use the following command:
defaults delete com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles
killall Finder

2 Comments

  • Dalilah
    September 23, 2010 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    I can show invisible files in a Xsan Volumen?

    • June 28, 2012 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

      It’s according to what’s making them invisible. If they just have a . in front of the name vs. if they have a hidden attribute? Are extended attributes enabled on the Xsan volume?

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