What are hidden files on Mac?

Hidden files on a computer are files that are kept invisible from the users. macOS creates hidden files that are needed for the system to operate. Applications also create hidden files, such as cache files, logs, preferences, etc. Most of them are located in the Library folder, which is also hidden. These files are not visible for security reasons and to keep them separate from files created and used by the user. However, not all hidden files are necessary.

You can recognize hidden files by their name and icon type. Firstly, hidden file names begin with a dot (or period). Secondly, the file icon is translucent.

  • Hidden files are invisible


  • Hidden files are visible


How to see hidden files on Mac?

Users that are very familiar with the macOS file system can operate hidden files according to their needs. Some hidden files can be cleared to free up disk space.

There are many ways to show hidden files on a Mac. The simplest way is to use a free application Funter.

  1. Launch Funter.
  2. Switch the toggle button to show hidden files.

As Funter integrates with Finder, you can change the visibility file right in a Finder window using a special icon menu.

  • macbook show hidden files

  • hide-hidden-files-mac

How to hide and unhide files on Mac?

Follow these steps to make any file or folder hidden with Funter.

  1. Launch Funter.
  2. Enable Finder integration in the app’s preferences.
  3. Then just use the shortcut menu to hide or unhide files with Funter.
  • hide-hidden-file
  • unhide-hidden-file

Funter – Hidden Files Finder
icon for Funter

Free Download

More articles about hidden files on Mac: