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How to show hidden system files and folders on Mac

  • by Zach (134)
  • 5 minutes

This guide shows you how to show hidden system files (e.g. .htaccess) in Finder by default.

1

Navigate to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

2

Paste the below command into Terminal and press Enter:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

Then, paste the below command into Terminal and press Enter:

killall Finder

3

Paste the below command into Terminal and press Enter:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

Then, paste the below command into Terminal and press Enter:

killall Finder