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Show or Hide hidden files on macOS

16 July, 2020

Posted in macos terminal

By default, files which begin with a dot (e.g. .gitignore) on macOS are hidden from the Finder app. You can however, quickly show or hide these files with a simple Terminal script.

# Show files
$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
$ killall Finder

# Hide files
$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO
$ killall Finder