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Hidden Files and Folders

  • What does hidden files or hidden folders mean?
  • Hidden Files or Hidden Folders are folders or files that by default are not displayed in the file manager, but are still in the folder. Hidden files and folders are often included in the preferences of users or in a process file. Hidden folders and files are used in operating systems for purposes such as the user accidentally deleting these files and preventing possible data loss.


  • Creating a hidden file or a hidden folder is not a trivial process, but it is not a security method that is fully developed for the use of users. This is because any user on the computer can access these files and folders by making hidden folders and files visible. Confidential files or folders should not be used as a security method because they do not have the advantage of file permissions.


  • Hidden files and folders are not only used within Windows operating systems. All operating systems of Unix and Unix derivatives work logically with hidden files and hidden folders. In general, the vast majority of Unix-derived operating systems place a dot at the beginning of filenames to hide files or folders. For example, in the /home/user/.config directory path .config is a hidden folder.


  • Hidden files and folders can not be viewed directly by the ls command on Unix-derived operating systems. For example, if you run the ls command on a Linux operating system, you may not see hidden folders and files in that directory. The ls -a command must be run to see hidden files and folders from the terminal.






  • How to Make Hidden Files and Folders Visible?
  • The steps you need to follow in each operating system may vary to make hidden files and folders visible. With the following steps you can learn how to make hidden files and folders visible on many popular operating systems;


  • 1- Making Hidden Files and Folders Visible in Windows
  • Click your computer’s Start menu, type “Folder Options” in the search field, and enter Folder Options. (You can also access it via the control panel.)
  • Switch to the “View” tab in the top pane of Folder Options and click on “Apply” in the bottom right corner after clicking on “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.
  • To reverse the process, select “Do not show hidden files, folders and drives” and press the “Apply” button.


  • 2- Making hidden files and folders visible in Linux operating systems
  • You can make hidden files and folders visible with the CTRL + H shortcut after logging into the file manager in many operating system distributions, especially in Ubuntu or Debian based Linux distributions.
  • If you do not want to make hidden files and folders visible using the GUI, use the ls -a command instead of ls after logging in the directory you want with Terminal.


  • 3- Making hidden files and folders visible on OS X and MacOS systems
  • Run the Terminal via the Spotlight screen.
  • To make hidden files and folders visible, paste defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES and press Enter and type Killall Finder to start the Finder from scratch and press Enter.
  • To reverse the process defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool NO After you paste the NO command into the Terminal, press Enter and run the Kilaly Finder command.
Hidden Files and Folders
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