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Questions tagged [hidden-file]

A file which is not shown to the user in general circumstances.

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Keyboard shortcut to show/hide hidden files in Finder in macOS Mojave

In macOS Sierra, it used to be Command + Shift + .. But that does not appear to work in macOS Mojave. Has something changed? What is the keyboard shortcut to show/hide hidden files in Finder without ...
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Show hidden files on Mac OS X Mojave [duplicate]

To see my /etc folder I've tried: sudo chflags nohidden /etc followed by: sudo defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles true ; killall Finder also tried: sudo defaults write com.apple....
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How stop my IDE from showing hidden files on Sierra?

I have disabled hidden files in the Finder on macOS Sierra, but they still show up in my text editors, such as Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text and PhpStorm. I have already tried defaults write com....
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Does iCloud Drive backup hidden dot folders/files such as .git?

The folders/files don't show up on www.icloud.com so I presume I would need a second machine to verify via terminal. Can anybody test this? -- I'm specifically trying to ensure that my local .git ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to enable/disable hidden files in Finder? [duplicate]

Is there an easy way to show and then hide and then show and then hide (as in toggle) “hidden” files in macOS High Sierra? I’ve found I can use the following terminal commands to show them: ...
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How do I make aliases hidden in macOS?

When I enter in Terminal: chflags hidden location_of_alias it hides the actual original folder the alias points to but it does not actually hide the alias itself. How do I do it?
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Weird hidden folder and file on desktop as old as the computer, what for?

I noticed a mysterious hidden folder on my desktop containing one hidden file. The folder's name starts with .E05268AB3AE5F72AF... and the file name starts with DF2CEE62032EFA2196B0B673... The folder ...
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How to change the sorting priority for special characters in file names

In Finder.app, as per the default sort order, the files and folders whose name begin with an underscore character _ appear before the hidden files, i.e. ones whose name being with a dot .. I would ...
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How is the /AppleInternal directory hidden from users on macOS? [closed]

If you didn't know macOS has a well hidden directory called "/AppleInternal" that is pretty secretive. It's not possible to ls or rm it and I've never seen it referenced before with anything other ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for “Show Hidden Files” in the Finder in El Cap? [duplicate]

Related: Hotkey to show hidden files and folders in File Open dialog? Looks like there was a keyboard shortcut for it. But in 10.11.6 all I get when I press Cmd Shift . is the bonk sound. Is that ...
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How to unhide files on Mac?

I did: chflags hidden /Users/MyUser/Library/(theareawheremyfileis) and it hid my file. I did this in Terminal, now I typed in ... unhidden ... and I can't seem a way to unhide the file I hid. Along ...
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How do Icon? files work and how to create your own

I recently noticed that in folders with special icons (eg. on the desktop) have a file in them named Icon? (its a hidden file btw). I tried opening one up using my text editor (Atom) and it comes up ...
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Permanently enable to show hidden/system files when searching in Finder

I've been searching for a lot of hidden/system files through the Finder recently and it's really annoying to activate the display of those system files manually each time (Tutorial for this here). So ...
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Controlling .DS_Store files in Sierra

What exactly has changed in regard to .DS_Store files creation with the release of Sierra? Currently I am a bit confused about the behaviour (changes?) of Finder, the filesystem or certain GUI ...
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Show hidden files files in Finder except .DS_Store

I configured my Mac to show hidden files by setting AppleShowAllFiles to true running this bash command: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES; killall -HUP Finder That solved ...
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Secret file vault for iPhone and Mac?

Is there a simple encrypted file vault for iPhone and Mac that share the same content, w/o third party server? This is the use-case: I have certain files (texts and images) that I want to be ...
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.smbdelete files accumulating on server share

I manage a very modest macOS server (Late 2014 Mac Mini, Mac OS 10.12.4, Server 5.3) that supports several sharepoints for about 20 clients - a mix of macOS and Windows. I typically have my work ...
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Hidden files on Windows machine generated by OS X [duplicate]

When I transfer a folder FROM my Mac To a Windows machine by a flash memory, on the Windows system there are hidden files with the same names as the original files inside the folder. If I choose that ...
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Checking for existence of hidden files in AppleScript

I can check to see if a file exists using AppleScript. But I am having trouble with hidden files. Is there a special way to do this? set home_path to (path to home folder as text) set hiddenFile to ...
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Problem with revealing a hidden folder

I have a problem. I used command chflags hidden to hide a folder named !_TRANSCODE. Now I'm trying to undo this by typing chflags no hidden !_TRANSCODE and I get this error: -bash: !_TRANSCODE: event ...
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How to show hidden files on mac without Terminal

I need an easy way to switch files visibility on Mac. I know about Terminal commands how to show hidden files and hide files. However, I need a tool to make this task faster and easier. I was trying ...
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Hidden Documents folder after turning off iCloud Drive

I recently tried iCloud Drive for syncing my Desktop and Documents folders. However, Documents was already being synced via Dropbox and I noticed that iCloud Drive and Dropbox don't get along. ...
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Toggling a file's “hidden” status

Using Automator, I want to be able to toggle a folder or file's "hidden" status. How is this possible through the command line? (I'm giving the file's directory to the script via a variable.)
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How to reveal dot files in finder? [duplicate]

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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Unable to show hidden files on Mac

I just received a new MacBook, running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5, from my new employer and I am unable to force hidden files to show in Finder. This is my fourth MacBook, and in the past I have always ...
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What do ._Desktop and ._Library do?

In my home directory, there are two files called ._Desktop and ._Library. They have read and write permissions, but cannot be read, even with root. What do these files do? Is there any way to modify ...
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Disable semitransparent hidden file icons

I have enabled hidden file visibility on OS X El Capitan 10.11, and the files are semitransparent. Is there a way to make them solid like all other files?
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Unhide invisible files from the command line

By default, a number of system directories (such as ~/Library) are hidden in OS X (ie. they don't appear in Finder): I know I can do this through the GUI but I would like to add a script to my ...
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Find all hidden files that were hidden using the command “chflags hidden filename”?

I remember to hide an important file, but I can't find it anymore and I don't remember the name. I don't remember how I hid it, i.e., if just by inserting a prefix of . or using chflags hidden ...
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Using rsync to backup

I currently back up the contents of an external hard drive A by (1) deleting everything in the destination external hard drive B and (2) copying everything from A to B (in Finder). The external hard ...
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Showing hidden files on the desktop. Is there a way to remove .DS_Store on desktop only?

I hope I do not have to disable the hidden file visibility in order to disable .DS_Store from appearing on the desktop. .DS_Store constantly gets in the way in the desktop but not in any other ...
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Hidden folders in home directory

Launching a simple ls -a from Terminal in my home directory I found out that there are a couple of hidden folders I was not aware of: .cups and .jssc. I don't really know what those things are and I ...
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How to configure Finder to let me rename dotfiles?

I always have hidden files set to 'visible' in Finder, because I'm a developer and I work with a lot of dotfiles. But even with this setting, Finder won't let me rename a file beginning with a dot. ...
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Temporary .DS_store files, phantom connections?

I have my machine set up not to write .DS_store files, the reason being because I was suspect they may have been causing access issues on shared drives (folder is considered "in use" even when it isn'...
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Search for .bashrc or other dotfiles in Finder

When I search for files in my home folder that have a filename equal to ".bash_history", I don't get any results, even though that file is there. How can I search for dotfiles in Finder? (I know how ...
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how to see all files on external hard drive

I have 200g of content on my 500g External Hard Drive but according to "get info" 471g of space is being used up, what am I not seeing? (To arrive at 200g I manually added all folder sizes using 'get ...
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In non-native applications, in the Open File dialog, I can see hidden files but I can't select them

I have a problem with some non-native mac software (Perforce Diff and Kdiff3). When I use the Open File Dialog, I can see the hidden files, but I can not select them or interact with them at all. ...
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Can't see hidden files with Standard user

I am using my Mac as a Standard user. Running latest OSX 10.10.3 I have used the following command from terminal: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowALLFiles YES But I still can't see my ...
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What is “sperion”?

I'm cleaning up my boot drive & have come across a unix executable file located @ /private/tmp/sperion about which I can't seem to find any information at all. What is "sperion"? This may be an ...
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What are all these extra hidden files (with hash digests) that I can only see when running “ls”?

Since upgrading to Yosemite, there seems to be an extra class of hidden files that are 'more hidden'. They are visible when I run ls, but not in my Finder (even though regular hidden files are visible ...
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Show hidden all files, but hide some

I am trying to show all files and hide some. I know about the command: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES But that shows even files that I have hidden with chflags hidden. I ...
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Hotkey to show hidden files and folders in File Open dialog?

This question is very similar to Is it possible to always show hidden/dotfiles in Open/Save dialogs?. How to show hidden files and folders in finder? is also related. However, I don't want to always ...
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How to set ⌘ + H to enable show hidden files

I want my Mac to show hidden files when i hit ⌘ + H (like ubuntu). I can see hidden files by putting this defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES command in terminal but i want to get a ...
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Show hidden files from windows PC on Mac

I created some hidden files in windows and copied them on pen drive. Now i want to see those files in Mac but not able to see. please tell how i can see those files ? thanks
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Show UNIX directories in Finder?

I want to know how to show the UNIX directories (/usr, /etc, /dev, ...) in the Finder, but not all the files starting with a '.' (Basically everything you see when you ls /) Everything I've found on ...
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What are these files in my “~/Library/Safari/” folder?

So, I was messing with this folder and while doing this I turned show hidden files on and saw some strange files. These are the names of them, and sizes .dat8ad4.007 (733K) .dat011e.000 (704K) ....
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Does Spotlight index dotfiles (OS X Yosemite)?

I want to create an Alfred workflow with some dotfiles (i.e. zsh config files). Long story short, in Alfred, I only can play with files indexed by Spotlight. Apparently, Spotlight doesn't index ...
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Does a `.hidden` configuration file for Finder exist?

Is there a way to hide files and folders from Finder like I do with Nautilus using .hidden config file? On Nautilus I can create a file named .hidden and put inside it a list of files I want to hide. ...
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How to display tagged files inside hidden directories?

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. ....
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Find all hidden “.idea” folders in system [duplicate]

I am using PHPStorm 8 for programming. PHPStorm automatically creates a hidden folder called ".idea", where all project-specifiy settings are stored. How am I able to find all these ".idea" folders ...