How to See Hidden Files in Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you using a Mac and wondering how to view hidden files? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of unveiling those hidden files on your Mac. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Open Terminal

To begin, open the Terminal application on your Mac. You can find it by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2: Access Finder Preferences

In the Terminal window, type the following command and hit Enter:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles true

This command configures the Finder to show hidden files on your Mac.

Step 3: Relaunch Finder

To apply the changes, you need to relaunch Finder. You can do this by holding down the Option key and right-clicking on the Finder icon in your Dock. From the context menu that appears, select “Relaunch”.

Step 4: Verify Hidden Files Visibility

Once Finder restarts, you should be able to see hidden files and folders. To test this, open a new Finder window and navigate to any folder where you suspect hidden files might be located.


  • If you’re unable to locate any hidden files or folders, make sure that you are in a directory where such files exist.
  • If you still don’t see any hidden files after following these steps, try restarting your Mac and repeating the process.

Step 5: Hide Hidden Files (Optional)

If you want to revert back and hide those previously revealed hidden files again, open Terminal and type the following command:

defaults write com.finder AppleShowAllFiles false

After executing the command, relaunch Finder as mentioned in Step 3 to apply the changes. Your hidden files will now be hidden from view again.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully learned how to view hidden files on your Mac.

Now you can explore those previously concealed files and folders with ease. Just remember to exercise caution when working with hidden files, as modifying them without proper knowledge can affect the functionality of your system.

We hope this tutorial was helpful for you. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us. Happy file hunting!

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