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How to show hidden files and folders in finder?

How do I show the hidden files in OS X 10.7 Lion?

  • The hidden preference here is the same as other recent OS X. - changing lion tag to OS X
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 19:40
  • what about the user's library files? Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 4:19
  • There's a question for that too :-) apple.stackexchange.com/q/17797/5472
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 14:48

1 Answer 1


Open Terminal.app (Applications > Utilities) and type the following commands:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

To undo re-open Terminal.app and run

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

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