In the finder, files that begin with a
. (dot) are not being shown for me.
How can I configure the finder to reveal all files, including ones that begin with a dot?
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Open your Terminal (/Applications/Utilities), then enter:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
Then restart your Finder by holding down Option and control- or right-clicking on the Finder's icon in your Dock and choosing Relaunch Finder.
To revert this behavior, simply change the YES to NO in that
A handy related shortcut to reveal files that begin with a . (dot) in Finder dialogs that popup from a File->Open action is:
Shift + Command + "."
This toggles "." (dot) files to show/ hide without needing to restart Finder.
You can also define an alias to quickly toggle hidden files within Finder:
alias AllFilesTRUE='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder' alias AllFilesFALSE='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE; killall Finder'