How to View Hidden Files/Folders on Mac OS X Yosemite


Hiding files and folders on your Windows PC come in handy if you don’t want those files and folders to be displayed every time you access your computer. If you have any hidden files and folders then you can easily view them using folder properties.  However, this is not same with OS X Yosemite running Mac. Follow this article to know how to view hidden files and folders on Mac OS X Yosemite.


Your Yosemite running Mac doesn’t come with any folder and files hiding and viewing option. But, you can achieve this with the help of a terminal command. There is a simple workaround, which allows you to view hidden files and folders on your Yosemite running Mac.

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Now if you are using OS X 10.10 Yosemite running Mac then here is a guide on how you can hide and view hidden files and folders easily with terminal command.

How to View Hidden Files and Folders on Yosemite Mac

Step 1: Open Terminal (command window) from Applications > Utilities > Terminal. You can also open terminal (command window), by using Spotlight in the right hand top corner.

Step 2: Now enter the following command in your terminal and hit enter.

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean TRUE ; killall Finder

Step 3: That’s it. Now you should see all the hidden files and folders from your portable storage device.

Now if you want to hide those files and folders again then you can revert back the changes with the same command except changing code TRUE to FALSE. Follow these steps to know how to do it.

Step 1: Open terminal on your Mac.

Step 2: Enter following command and hit enter.

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean FALSE ; killall Finder

This will hide all the files and folders that you unhide using the previous command.


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