Sometimes, you need to access files that macOS doesn't show by default, especially when doing macOS tweaks that require system-wide changes. By default, macOS hides thousands of files, that you, the end-user can't see by default, and in most cases, don't need to see. Most people don't need to see this stuff. However, we're enthusiasts here, and sometimes we need to see these files. This is also useful for hackintoshers who need to modify system files. Showing hidden files is actually pretty easy and only takes a minute to do. Here's how to show hidden files:
- Open your Terminal.app. If you don't know how to do that, you probably don't need to be reading this article, as this is useless to the average user.
- Once it's open, type the following command exactly, or copy and paste:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YESand press return.
- Now for the changes to take effect, we need to right-click on the Finder.app icon, press the alt key on your keyboard, and click "Relaunch."
- You're all set and you should now be able to see previously hidden files on macOS.
If for some reason you need to re-hide system files, just repeat the above process, while substituting the step 2 command with the following:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO, simply replacing the word YES with NO.
Unless you re-hide your system files, you should only have to do this process once. Now, you can see the full, unbridled contents of your Mac's filesystem.
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