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


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 AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true;killall Finder

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

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean false;killall Finder

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