How To Find Hidden Files On A Mac

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Mac Users:

Ever download a .rar file (for example) and – for some reason or another – in the middle of the download, you lose the connection, leaving unable to find the hidden, partially downloaded file, AND unable to download the same file (due to the file being there already)?

I have.


I found the answer and thought I would share.



1) Open Terminal

2) Copy & Paste the following:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder


(don’t be alarmed)

This allows all hidden files to be visible in Finder; allowing you the option to delete (dragging to Trash, if you’d like).


To make your files invisible again, copy & paste the following:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE; killall Finder

This will get you back to normal.