Force OSX Finder to Always Show Hidden Files

By default Mac OSX coddles the user by hiding system and “hidden” files (beginning with a period). This is counter-production to the power user in all of us, and an insult to our intelligence! End this madness with:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

Then “Relaunch” Finder by option+right-clicking on the Finder icon.

To change this back, do:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

Easy!

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Sebastien Taggart
Technical Program Manager

The key to everything is mastery of your frame of mind. Everything is relative.

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