How to view hidden files on Mac ?.


Why are there hidden files ? .

On a computer, the hidden files are equivalent to the submerged iceberg. There’s a lot more than we think, but they are not really useful.

If these files are hidden, it is primarily to ensure that they are not modified or deleted by mistake.

Identify the hidden files on Mac

In UNIX, hidden files are preceded by “a.” and do not appear in the list of files.

They can be a. htacess, a. bash_profile or a. svn. Files such as /usr, /bin and /etc are also hidden.

How to access the Library ~/Library ?.

Before, all the libraries were easily accessible from the home folder of your computer.

On a Mac, there are three types of Library :
the library files (accessible to all), the library, ~/Library (hidden) and the system library (where all the files for the proper functioning of your Mac are stored).

Here are 4 ways to access ~/Library .

Technique # 1 .

Open The Finder

– Press Alt (Option) and select Go.

– The folder ~/Library will appear under the menu Home folder.

Technique # 2.

– Open The Finder

– Select Go in the menu bar

– Click Go to folder

Type ~/Library and click Go.

Technique n°3.

Apple has created a shortcut for users of MacOS Sierra so that they access more simply to folder ~/Library. To do this :

– Open The Finder

– Go to your file is Macintosh HD (in the left column).

– Simultaneously press the keys CMD + Shift + . (point)

– All the hidden files will become visible

– Press CMD + Shift + . (point) to make them disappear.

Technique # 4 .

– Open the Terminal

– Type the following series :

$ defaults write AppleShowAllFiles true$ killall Finder

To close your library, type :

$ defaults write AppleShowAllFiles false $ killall Finder

How to keep visible the library ~/Library ? .

If you want to keep your library visible, you can use the same technique n°3 (without press again CMD + Shift + . )

In Finder, it is also possible to drag the library folder ~/Library in the sidebar.

If you want to access them in a click, create an alias on your Desktop.
To do this, open
~/Library in your Finder, press CMD + Alt, and drag your folder from Finder on your Desktop.