How to Show Hidden Folders on Mac Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, EI Capitan, Yosemite

Last Updated on Nov 20, 2020

Before this time we have seen how to hide/ Show hidden folders sequentially process. But from your Mac, Only show hidden folders on Mac running on macOS Mojave and earlier version. Else show hidden folder on Mavericks and Yosemite process is quite different; in those cases process has been same like two lines of code running from terminal. But here you have to change code quietly different.  In case are you updating or resting on current OS X version, then you must have to check your hidden folder before start process.

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Note: Are you trying to view or show files and folders using portable devices? Then this tip doesn’t work to your Mac with this command but on Windows PC, you can do easily.

Let’s see How to Show Hidden Folders on Mac Mojave, High Sierra

Step 1: Go to the Terminal from your Mac, by (under the Finder > Applications > Utilities)

Step 2: Copy the below command and past in terminal. Then press enter.

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true; killall Finder

Command for show or View hidden folder on Mac yosemiteStep 3: Now under the finder, you can see all the hidden files from your whole system given in below screen.Display hidden folder on Mac OS X yosemite

Show or View hidden folders on Mac from the External hard drive or portable device

Here I am giving the suitable example for show hidden files and folders that work on your external drive or USB drive. Under the command prompt window, type below suitable command.

chflags nohidden /Volumes/PNY\ BACKUP/Users/Thomas/Library

>> if External drive name: Mac HD Clone, Then enter below command

chflags nohidden /Volumes/Mac\ HD\ Clone/Users/diane/Library

>> if external drive name: Mavericks

chflags nohidden /Volumes/Mavericks/Users/diane/Library

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So, Command for view hidden folder on Mac depends on External Drive name or Portable device name. that’s you have to set manually by forwarding space given in above sample command.

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1 Comment
  1. Wow, thank you! This copy and paste command did the trick! It actually showed the files, but more importantly, closed the finder window and brought them all back to the same exact place I was before!

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