When I open Finder all folders seem to be empty. Checking with the console shows that all files are there. This is also true if I try to open a file from within an application using the File menu.

If I paste the full path of the file into the text field of the file dialog, the file gets opened.

If I jump to a subfolder with Cmd-Shift-G that works fine. But again the folder is empty.

Any ideas what's missing?

  • in all Finders view options ?
    – Ruskes
    Jun 18, 2014 at 12:09
  • log in as different user to check.
    – Ruskes
    Jun 18, 2014 at 12:12
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    Silly question - is iTunes up to date? There was a bug on the ~/users folder that cause people to not have access to their own files recently caused by iTunes (now fixed).
    – stuffe
    Jun 18, 2014 at 12:14

2 Answers 2


After all this turned out to be a side effect from com.apple.IconServicesAgent going wild and eating up lots of CPU.

Running mkdir ${TMPDIR}/com.apple.IconServices in Terminal solved the problem immediately.

  • superb fix. i would have had no idea IconServicesAgent was the culprit
    – Emanegux
    Nov 25, 2014 at 20:43
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    wow. thanks. this thing was killing my cpu and battery overheating. but all i did was simply kill it from Activity Monitor (in Applications / Utilities folder) and restarted Finder.
    – user603749
    Sep 19, 2015 at 1:04

It my case, it was Finder itself that was going wild and eating up lots of CPU. I have no idea why. But killing and restarting the process fixed the issue of empty folders displaying.

In general, I suppose it's a good idea to go into Activity Monitor, see what's eating up CPU and restart anything that's using an unreasonably high level.

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