Hide Files on Mac

There is a small file-protection tip to limit access to your files on Mac: you can make them hidden! It requires just a few actions simple steps.

  1. Open Terminal app (Other
  2. Type chflags hidden
  3. Type file’s location

How you could know exact file location? Well, you shouldn’t. One more trick: just drug & drop file from Finder to Terminal. See screenshot.


If you need to make hidden file visible again do basically the same, but type in stead of hidden -> nohidden. Two commands together on a screenshot.


There are specific Terminal commands to turn on displaying of hidden files, but our advice is to use freeware Funter utility, that basically executes them for you.

P.S. The same works for hiding folders on Mac.

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