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 Finder by holding down Option and Control, or right-clicking on the Finder's icon in your Dock and choosing "Relaunch".
To revert this behavior, simply change the
NO in that
A handy keyboard shortcut to reveal files that begin with a
. (dot) in Finder is:
Shift + Command + .
. (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'