Switch On/Off Show Hidden/Invisible Files and Folders on Mac Finder By Command Alias

November 22, 2011 | By Duchateaux.

The most Useful way to Work with Hidden Files is to Set a Switch On/Off Command by Setting an appropriate Alias.
This right because Usually you don’t want the Hidden Files/Folders to be Shown All Times but Only on Needing Demand.
So to set an Alias by Command line on Terminal:

nano .bashrc

Insert inside your file the Chunk below:

alias hiddenon="defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder"
alias hiddenoff="defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE; killall Finder"

To Save and Exit from “nano” Press:


To Load your new Settings execute:




Now to Switch On/Off Hidden Files/Folders on Finder will be As Simple As executing the Command:


To Switch ON


To Switch OFF

Some Interesting Mac Tutorials are Contained in the Link Here Below:

           Mac Tutorials


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