Keeping hidden files hidden, how can I see content inside hidden directories using Finder tags.

I can assign a tag to directory A, but it does not show in Finder when I list all tag-tagged content.

├── A
│   ├── a
│   │   └── 1.0
│   │       ├── bin
│   │       │   └── abc

Is this possible?

EDIT: I was able to successfully retrieve any content inside directories like Documents, even if those directories have been deliberately hidden via chflags hidden <FILENAME>.

This is not too bad, but it would be useful if I could add tags to some of the contents inside .directories to quickly access them via the GUI, but without turning hidden files on.

EDIT2: This could help some people, but it's not quite exactly what I want to accomplish.

EDIT3: The first answer here also helps, but I was hoping I could use tags instead of dragging a directory to the sidebar.

1 Answer 1


Not exactly what I was looking for, but here is a neat trick that satisfies most of my needs.

Create a new directory, hide it via chflags hidden directory, deposit tagged content in it.

Finder will cooperate with us and display all tagged content.

file is inside a hidden directory

file is tagged dev and exists in a directory hidden via chflags. I named the directory dev as well for convenience, but this is not strictly necessary.

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