Make .htaccess and other hidden files appear in the Finder

When developing in a Mac OS X environment you quite often find yourself wondering why some files doesn’t show up in Finder. If you’re developing for WordPress, you might wonder where your .htaccess file is. This is because Mac OS X hides Unix files.

To show hidden files in Finder, open up the Terminal and paste the following code

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

For it to have effect you need to restart Finder. To reset Finder, hold the Option key, click the Finder icon in the dock and hold it until the menu pops up and choose “Restart”.


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One comment on “Make .htaccess and other hidden files appear in the Finder
  1. […] can hidden files be made to show in the finder? Well that is an easy answer.  Good work. There are a number of utilities that do this as well if you don’t want to go to the command […]

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