MacOS has always been highly protected from being damaged by an average user’s inaccurate operations.  That’s why it is impossible to access some system folders. They are hidden by default.  However, computer geeks know ways how to show hidden folders on Mac. Let’s learn 3 common methods to see and find hidden files and folders.

 

How to view hidden files and folders on Mac

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VIEW HIDDEN FOLDERS ON MAC WITH TERMINAL

 

  • For the first method, you should write a bit into the Terminal.

    1. Open Terminal application from Launchpad.
    2. Copy and paste the following command into the Terminal window:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true

    3. Then you need to restart the Finder with a command:

     killal Finder

    You will see hidden files and folders in the Finder.

    If you want to hide them back, then repeat the operation but change in the command the last word to false.

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false

    killal Finder

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MAKE HIDDEN FILES VISIBLE WITH APPLESCRIPT

 

  • You can make viewing hidden files on Mac quicker. Use for that AppleScript application.

    1. Open AppleScript from LaunchPad.
    2. Copy and paste into the editor’s window the following code:

    display dialog “Show all files” buttons {“TRUE”, “FALSE”}
    set result to button returned of result
    if result is equal to “TRUE” then
              do shell script “defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true”
    else
              do shell script “defaults delete com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles”
    end if
    do shell script “killall Finder”

    3. Click Play button.
    4. Save the file and use it whenever you need to hide or unhide folders.

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HIDE, UNHIDE AND FIND HIDDEN FOLDERS WITH FUNTER

 

The easiest way to show hidden folders is to use a free application Funter. The app allows to make hidden folders visible in 2 clicks. Watch the video to learn how does Funter serve.