How to Show Hidden Files on Mac? How to Access Hidden Files on Your Mac

A Step by Step Guide Detailing Various Ways to Show Hidden Files on Macbook.

Do you have trouble finding hidden files on your Mac? By default, they aren’t exposed. We often require access to Hidden files in order to diagnose problems or customise your system.

But finding Hidden files can be for those who are unfamiliar with macOS. On Windows system, it’s easy to find the toggle to enable viewing of Hidden files but it’s not the same case for macOS.

In this post, we will look at some top ways to find and view Hidden files on your Mac.

How to See Hidden Files on macOS?

Using Finder

This way is probably the easiest way.
finder on mac

Here’s how you can use Finder to see Hidden Files:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Press Command + Shift +. (full stop/period) to reveal the hidden files within a folder.
  3. To hide the files again, press Command + Shift +. (full stop/period) again.

Where is the Library Folder?

The Library folder on your Mac contains many hidden files.

hidden files on mac

Here’s how to locate the Library folder on a Mac:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Navigate to your Home folder by pressing Command + Shift + H.
  3. Press Command + Shift + . to view the hidden files, including the Library folder.

How to find Library From the menu bar?

A large number of these secret files are stored in a Library folder that is hidden from view.

Here’s how to find Library From the menu bar:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click on Go in the menu bar.
  3. Choose to Go to Folder (or Shift + Command + G).
  4. Type “~/Library” (without the quotes) into the text box and click “Go”.

How to Keep Hidden Folders Visible?

If you are trying to keep the hidden folders visible, you can use the following way:

Using Finder

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Press Command + Shift + . to reveal the hidden files.
  3. To hide the files again, press Command + Shift +. again.

Another alternative is to move the Library folder icon from the Finder window to the Finder sidebar. This allows you to readily access the Library folder even after you’ve closed the Finder.

How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Terminal

Here’s how to use Terminal to show hidden files and folders:

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Enter the following command and press Enter. 
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles true
  3. To restart Finder, enter the following command and press Enter
    killall Finder

If you want to switch back to the default settings, just change “true” to “false” in the command.

We hope you don’t run into any issues while trying to access such hidden files on your Mac in the near future. Do let us know if you run into any issues in the comments below!

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