Hide and unhide files or directories visibility with chflags on macOS
Published on Dec 25, 2023
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chflags command in macOS is a command for quickly hiding or unhiding files and directories. It is particularly useful for managing the visibility of files by altering their flags.
Unhiding files or Directories🔗
You might need to access files located in the
Library directory. On a new Mac setup, this directory is hidden by default, making it less accessible for everyday users.
To make a hidden file or directory visible, use the
unhidden flag with the
chflags command. For example, to unhide the
chflags unhidden ~/Library
This command removes the
hidden attribute and makes the
Library directory visible in the Finder.
Hiding files or directories🔗
If you want to hide a file or directory, use the
hidden flag. This is useful for decluttering your view or protecting sensitive files from accidental access. For example, to hide the
Library directory again:
chflags hidden ~/Library
By using the
hidden flag, the
Library directory will no longer be visible in the Finder.
chflags command is powerful for managing file visibility on macOS.
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