Sometimes, it may be necessary to show files that may be hidden and not by default viewable using Finder. For example, one may need to access the Library folder while running OS X Lion, but find it hidden and not reachable with conventional methods. This is when this useful terminal hack comes in, allowing you to see hidden files in Finder. Additionally, we’re also giving you another terminal command that will help you hide hidden files once more, thereby reversing this hack.
To show all hidden files in Finder, type the following command into Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
To hide all hidden files in Finder, type the following command into Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
Whenever you change this setting, you must restart Finder. This can be done with the following command:
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