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Archive for March 27th, 2015

OS X Finder: viewing hidden paths

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/03/27

One of the most frustrating things on a Mac is that the OS X Finder does not allow you to browse all paths.

Unlike Windows the Windows Explorer, where it is fairly easy to switch a preference for enabling/disabling showing the hidden files and folders, there is no option in the Preferences. There is a command-line trick (see below) to enable/disable showing hidden files and folders.

Luckily, both the Windows Explorer and the Mac OS X Finder allow you to specify the full folder path to browse, where you can enter a path that otherwise would (partially) be invisible.

  • Windows Explorer: just enter a full path in the address bar.
  • Mac OS X Finder: press Shift-Command-G (or Menu -> Go -> Go to Folder...), then enter the full path.

An alternative for Mac OS X is the payed (but great tool) Path Finder which is one of the best Finder replacements I know.

Command-line trick to enable/disable Mac OS X Finder hidden folder behaviour

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