How to Show / View Hidden Files on Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 and Below

How to Show / View Hidden Files on Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9

Learning how to show / view hidden files on Mac OS X Mavericks and other OS X operating systems can be helpful in numerous situations such as accessing a .htaccess file when working on your website.

There isn’t a simple on / off switch to enable and disable the hidden files features without installing a third-party application.

Therefore, the easiest method to show hidden files on Mac OS X is to run a couple of command line commands in Terminal.

The command to show hidden files in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

Please not that terminal IS caps sensitive and that entering an incorrect command could really mess things up on your computer. Only use terminal when you know exactly what the commands are doing!

See Also: Mac OS X – Change / Set Default Application for File Type [Video]

The command to show hidden files on Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 is nearly the same but slightly different:

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

Once you’ve run the correct command for your operating system, you need to restart find to actually see the hidden files. You can reinitiate finder using the following command:

killall Finder

If you wish to, at some point in the future, you can do so using the same command above but replacing the word “TRUE” with “FALSE”. For example, on Mac OS X Mavericks you would type:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

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3 Responses to "How to Show / View Hidden Files on Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 and Below"

  1. Carol wahl says:

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  2. Victoria Cole says:

    I know how to hide file using chflags command in terminal and how to unhide the files..im worry about if i forgot the path or location of my hidden files..i just wonder if there's a command in terminal that can show the location or path of the hidden files..I also know there is a command that can hide a file visibly and cant find the command anywhere. There are multiple ones out there but cant find the one i am looking for. I think it starts with ch something. One can get Details about this at http://www.showhiddenfilesmac.com/

  3. Jim says:

    Thanks! Your article is the only one I found that mentioned the case-sensitivity between OS versions which is what made the difference for me.





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