Show Hidden Files on Mac OS

By default there are a number of files and folders which are hidden on Mac OS. This doesnt effect the average user but for the aspiring developer/people who link to tinker this can be a hindrance. Not to worry, follow this simple steps...

To reveal hidden files when using Finder app to browse your computer:

  1. Open Terminal you can either go to Finder > Applications > Utilities or you can hit Cmd + Space Bar and type terminal then press return.
  2. In Terminal, paste the following:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
  3. Press return.
  4. Finally you need to relaunch Finder by holding alt, and right click on the Finder icon and in the context menu, select Relaunch.

Bonus: to reveal hidden files when viewing files and folders in a file browse window use the keyboard shortcut cmd + shift + .