How to Access Hidden Folder on Mac?

For instance: Imagine that you have a folder containing important files and hence you have set hidden attributes to it. A few days later you might have forgotten the location of your hidden folder. (One may usually hide it so that your folders and files are kept away beyond the reach of any user. This usually happens when the Mac OS is being shared by multiple users). Further, when you try to search for your concealed folders, the Finder won’t locate it and does not display it by default. Hence it’s difficult to situate such files as Mac’s hidden file structure is complicated. What can be done in such situation?

Macintosh likes to keep things simple for its users, therefore it can hide critical system files and folders from users. Providing an option for users to hide their files is most of the times useful but sometimes can lead to undesirable end results. So do you want to know how to reveal hidden files on your Macintosh machine? Continue reading this post as it will help you to access hidden files on Mac.

Solution 1: Making use of Terminal

Using a Terminal and entering UNIX commands is one of the ways to display hidden files on Mac OS. For this you can follow the below steps:

  • To open terminal, click Go > Utilities and then double-click the Terminal app
  • Next, type the following commands and press Return after executing each command

              defaults write 

              AppleShowAllFiles YES

Solution 2: Using Finder

Do you want to quickly access concealed folders? Then follow the given steps:

  • Click on Go menu from, Finder -> Go to Folder
  • Enter the path of the folder inside the box and press Return
  • Next, enter path of your secret folder

Example: ~/Desktop/SecretFolder (where ~ refers to user folder path)

If you still cannot find your hidden folders using above mentioned methods then it’s highly recommended to follow the next method.

Solution 3: With the help of a Retrieval tool

You can make use of a professional restoration tool known as Yodot Mac File Recovery. With help of this, you can securely recover hidden folders on Mac. Follow the below steps to utilize this tool:

Step 1: Download and install the Yodot Mac File recovery application on your Macintosh machine

Step 2: Run the application

Step 3: The main window will be launched with two options, Deleted File Recovery and Lost File Recovery. Select the second option

Step 4: Select the drive or volume from where hidden folder has to be retrieved and revealed

Step 5: Mark the file types and then click Next

Step 6: Scanning process begins to scan your drive/volume systematically through each sector

Step 7: View the recovered files in two different view types for easy selection of files, which you want to rescue.

Step 8: Preview the recovered file to ensure that right file has been retrieved

Step 9: Choose the destination location, to store recovered files

This utility can retrieve files from Mac hard drive and also from other external drives. Further, it supports data types such as DOC, DOCX, XLS, IMG, EXIF, NEF, MPEG, MPG, MP3, MP4 and many more.


By simply assigning a “.” (Period) before the file or folder name, your data can be hidden. Hence make sure if you really want to hide your data before setting such hidden attributes.