Show all files in Finder

Published 19 Sep 2009

As a computer professional (just kidding), I prefer to see all files in the file system and not just the ones that Finder or Explorer wants us to see.

In Windows, you can easily just check a box to show all hidden files in Explorer. In OS X, however, you have to type the following in a terminal window:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

This will restart Finder and have it show all files, hidden or not. To revert it and hide these files again, use this command:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

HOpe it helps!