6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 23, 2012 9:48 PM by LeafsMac
Sharya Level 1 (0 points)

Plz help me by telling how to hide files n folders n how to view hidden ones.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Kivanc Muslu Level 2 (160 points)

    To show hidden files and folder, open a terminal and type:


    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    killall Finder


    This will kill your Finder and reopen it (restart Finder) and now you will be able to see all hidden files and folder.


    To hide (hidden folders and files), type the following in the terminal:


    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

    killall Finder


    If you want to create a hidden file or folder since Mac OSX is a unix based OS, then just open a terminal and create a file/folder that has '.' at the beginning of its name. For example to create a hidden Secret folder in your Desktop, do the following:

    Open Terminal

    cd Desktop

    mkdir .Secret

  • Sharya Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there any other simple way

    Means i find it complex as i know zero of terminal

  • Kivanc Muslu Level 2 (160 points)

    I understand your fear of terminal (everybody has it), however the first two commands should be quite easy (i.e., showing hindden files/folders and hiding them).


    Terminal is just another application located in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app. Just double click to open it. It will let you write some commands. Copy and paste the commands I have written above (if you want save them somewhere) and press enter. Voila, that should be it.


    Unfortunatly Finder does not let you create folders/files starting with '.' (i.e., hidden), so I don't really have an easy way for that. I guess you (or somebody) could write an Automator script that would invoke these commands for you, but honestly that would be even more difficult.

  • LeafsMac Level 1 (20 points)
  • Kivanc Muslu Level 2 (160 points)

    It looks like that somebody has already wrote an app for at least showing/hiding files/folders. Go for it! For creating hidden folders, I am still unsure though.


    Thanks LeafsMac!

  • LeafsMac Level 1 (20 points)

    By the way, the app creator is a 17 year old Norwegian student.  Give the guy $3 or something if you find it useful.