How To Show Hidden and Protected Files in OS X Finder

13 Aug 2007

One of my few complaints about Mac OS X is that at times I feel like it treats you with kids gloves-- many options for power users either require some sort of hacking, or simply don't exist. One such thing which is fixable is getting Finder to show hidden files. It's a quick and easy process via the command line to fix this:


tobin:~ brandon$ defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
tobin:~ brandon$ killall Finder


Now you can actually see all of the directories which start with periods, etc. Enjoy!