Useful Mac Commands

Having recently joined the dark side and purchased a Mac Mini, there are a few Terminal commands I find myself needing regularly, but always forgetting. So I’ll keep them here.

Note: MacOS is really Linux…. but we don’t tell the Apple Fanboys that – they’d get confused!


1. Show hidden files in the finder

$ defaults write AppleShowAllFiles True
$ Killall Finder

2. Hide hidden files in the finder (the opposite of the above)

$ defaults write AppleShowAllFiles False
$ Killall Finder

(the $ indicates the command prompt)

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