show hidden files

Under OSX System files always start with a dot (“.”) and they are invisible to the User by default.

If you’re developing using Eclipse this could be a problem, because Eclipse in many cases uses files and folders starting with dot (“.”),

some examples are:

  • .metadata
  • .bundle_pool

Show hidden Files using Tinker Tool

Now it would be great to make them visible. there are some tools available to do this, I’m using Tinker Tool

TinkerTool3

its free🙂

One of the options from Tinker Tool:

  • Finder Options
    • Show hidden and System files

tinker tool finder options

Restart the Finder and you’ll see all hidden and system files.

Show/Hide hidden Files using Terminal

Open Terminal Application and type

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true;killall Finder

This will show hidden files. To make them hidden again, please type:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean false;killall Finder

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