How do I display hidden files in Mac – Finder?

To turn on hidden files in finder, open Terminal and paste the following:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true

To restart Finder from command line, type:

killall Finder

When it restarts you’ll see all your hidden files with a prefix of “.”

To turn hidden files off, open terminal and paste this:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false

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