I have one folder where ExifRenamer (some tool for renaming images by date created) put my renamed pictures, but I cannot see them from Finder. I can see the files with ls -la but I cannot see it from Finder. How can I change make it "normal" CMD SHIFT dot (.) won't show files.

-rw-------  1 nemb  staff    6033609 May  1 18:19 2019-05-01_18-19-42.jpg
-rw-------@ 1 nemb  staff    4645069 May  4 21:02 2019-05-01_18-30-14.jpg
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    What is the full path to these files?
    – mmmmmm
    May 4, 2019 at 21:01
  • Are you sure you look into the correct folder in Finder? Ie: In that path where you used ls -la, does open . then also give you invisibles? May 4, 2019 at 21:06

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Try sudo mv -r /path/to/.folder /path/to/newfolder For example, if the folder was named .images, was located on your desktop, and you wanted to see it as images2 you would type sudo mv -r Desktop/.images Desktop/images2.

You could also try running defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES and then relaunch Finder, which would instead show all files and folders, including hidden ones (anything starting with a .).

  • The OP mentioned that ⇧⌘. didn't work; however, defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES doesn't immediately show hidden files! One must also restart Finder, e.g.: killall Finder May 4, 2019 at 20:52
  • Thank you @user3439894, I forgot to mention that. I've now added it
    – Sam
    May 4, 2019 at 20:54

The ls output of the second file contains the @ symbol, indicating extended attributes. You can view extended attributes with the

xattr -l filename

command. You can use the chflags command to un-hide the file

chflags nohidden filename

or remove all extended attribtues with

xattr -d filename

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