How to show hidden system files in OSX

Test machine:

MacBook Pro 15 inch Early 2011
OSX 10.9 (Mavericks)


  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Type in the following two commands, one at a time:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true
    killall Finder
  3. The first command is to show all files. The second command is to kill all currently opened Finder. You will notice Finder windows disapppear then re-appear again. To hide them, use the following commands:
    defaults delete AppleShowAllFiles
    killall Finder

The hidden folders/files are grey in colour in Finder.



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