Macbook, a much more minimal and well-maintained computer platform created by Apple. The computer focuses over providing its customers with directive controls over the basic apps unlike Windows which might require you to access one or 2 things first in order for you to reach to the third, Although both the systems have their pros and cons, but if we talk about the hidden file section, well this is the thing uniting the 2 particularly different OS.
Finding or in simpler words getting to show hidden files on either OS is pretty painful for some users who simply are not aware of the process to do so. It is mainly because the users are not aware of the process and the following one can be a difficult task. Although for this article we will be focusing on the process of showing hidden files on Mac, so you don’t have a hard time finding and carrying out the whole process on your own, just follow up the simple methods stated in the article and that’s that, you’re good to go.
So, let’s get started.
Well as for the overview, there can be n number of reasons behind having the files hidden on a Mac. Most of them are mainly related to important files used to run the OS, although there might be several reasons behind hiding a file. It can be your child trying to hide a file or you trying to empty up the OS directory for better optimization of your computer. As of the main reason behind hiding the OS files are for developers to ensure the safety of the computer user as well as of their OS because some of you might be familiar with the Delete System32 hoax, by using which the trolls encouraged the innocent as well as negligent users to delete their Windows 2000 directory completely that’s why the devs have been a lot keen about keeping their OS’s files hidden for safety purpose.
Although, as explained above you might want to access the hidden files in the case where the computer might need serious optimizations. As of the hidden files, well most of them are shrouded away in the ~/Library organizer, however, in all actuality, the normal Mac holds a fortune trove of documents and envelopes that you either never going to use it again or might need to access for troubleshooting problems in regards to a particular purpose.
Well, for the same another question arises, see most of the OS takes up about 90+ GB on an average directory but is t normal? Since it makes a bit curious as well as cautious about the OS directory since it might leave you to wonder what’s all in there which might be taking up so much of space and as of additional thought about how you can manage if something is in there which might not be needed and is just sitting there eating up your device’s space?
In order to grasp the answer for the same, follow up the methods listed below, in order to access the hidden files on your Mac and delete them accordingly.
Well, for the people new to the method of accessing the hidden files on a Mac, it is not that difficult, you can carry out the process and in a number of different ways, by filling yourself up with a little bit of knowledge about the same.
Although, Before commencing, you should keep in mind that you should avoid any risk when burrowing through shrouded records on your workstation or work area. Except if you know precisely what you’re searching for you simply can be the cause of doing some genuine harm to your OS’s framework, so you’ll need to continue with alert. All things considered, these documents are covered up which is as it should be for a specific reason after all.
A Mac command-line interface or in simpler words a Terminal is preinstalled in your Mac OS which allows you to simply use the command prompt in order for you to have access and control over your Mac despite you following a bit more complex ways to do the same thing using a Finder in a Mac.
Listed below are steps on how you can use the Terminal in order to access the hidden files, just follow them up:
Step 1: Open the Terminal by simply navigating to the utility envelope in Applications. To open it, either open your applications organizer, at that point open utilities and double tap on Terminal, or press Command – spacebar to dispatch Spotlight and type “Terminal,” at that point double-tap the query output.
Step 2: Enter the following: default write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles true [and simply press return] killall Finder.
Step 3: And that’s that, your hidden files will be displayed to you.
Note: Although to again hide the files, change the “true” in the above statement to “false” and your files will be hidden again.
Apart from that, you can also utilize the “Terminal” in order to hide any file present there on your Mac. Just follow up the simple steps listed below:
1. Simply open Terminal by following the step listed above in “Using Terminal” method section.
2. Now just enter the following: chflags hidden [and press space after that].
3. After that, all you have to do is drag files or folders which are required by you to be hidden from Finder into the Terminal window, which will display their paths in Terminal itself.
4. Now all you need to do is just to press the return button present there on your keyboard and that’s that, your files are hidden.
Note: In order for you to view back your hidden files, all you have to do is just repeat the above steps but instead of using “chflags hidden” use “chflags nohidden”. Although keep in mind someone who knows the trick will be able to access your hidden files as well, but for the knowledge, not many people know about it but keep in mind this ain’t any adequate measures of security in order to guard your personal files.
As it is mentioned earlier, accessing Mac’s hidden files is not a tough job to carry out, all you have to do is follow up the 3 simple steps listed below and you’re good to go. Therefore these steps are as follows:
Step 1: The first step requires you to open Finder and then simply open up your Macintosh HD folder form there.
Step 2: Now all you have to do is to press Command+Shift+Dot.
Step 3: And that’s that, your hidden files will be visible to you.
Note: Although if you want to re-hide your files, simply repeat step 2 and you’ll be good to go.
As for this method, it will also work with other folders and directories, including Documents and Application folders. Although if you simply know about the file you are looking for is there in the ~/Library folder, so you simply just jump directly into the folder and follow up the steps listed below:
Step 1: When in Finder, hold down “Alt” and click “Go” at the top of your screen.
Step 2: Now, simply click on the “Library” option in order to open up the normally hidden Folder.
Step 3: And that’s that, you’ll be greeted with the very clustered desktop page, so be prepared for the same.
Although one thing you should keep in mind is that it doesn’t matter whether you choose the “Terminal” method to carry out the process or the “Finder” method, the end result will be the same meaning that both wills tend to let you access the hidden files although one can choose any method to do the same based on which one he/she finds easy to use.
Apart from that, some people might find using the “Terminal method” more as it also gives you the advantage of hiding any other file although you should be cautious about the same as some people might know the trick and might be able to view your hidden files.
Note: How to hide any files in a Mac using Terminal is explained above.
Final Words (Conclusion)
As for the ending of the article, we basically explained every possible method you can directly carry out in order to have access to the hidden files present there on your Mac, although there is one more method to do the same with the help of 3rd party software, you can use applications like Forklift or DCommander which lets you give the access to additional features of Mac and totally work as a native macOS application and as an add on extension of a Finder application in a Mac.
So, as for the conclusion you can follow up on the basic and easy steps to carry out the desired process of accessing the hidden files on your Mac.