Like Windows, macOS also has secret files that are hidden so that a user doesn’t meddle with it but sometimes you need to access the hidden files.

  1. With this change, Gatekeeper no longer monitors your computer for malware coming from apps and files. Restoring to the original setting. If you'd like to return to the default Gatekeeper settings, perform these steps: Be sure to exit System Preferences on your Mac. On Finder, click Go. Select Utilities. Double-click Terminal.
  2. To open a file on your Mac using a different program, navigate to the file you wish to open and right-click on it to see the file menu as shown below. When the file menu opens, click on the Open.

I frequently find that a Terminal command to open a file in TextEdit would be very handy. Does such a command exist on Mac OS X? Macos command-line terminal textedit. Share improve this question. To get the default UI behavior, using the Mac built-in open command, with that '-a TextEdit' flag (that others mentioned) induces the Mac UI to. How do I run file in Terminal Mac? Open Terminal, type in sh /path/to/file and press enter. Faster is to type sh and a space and then drag the file to the window and release the icon anywhere on the window. Follow these steps to run the script files: Right-click on file. Pick up your Mac and open up your Mac App Store, then search for 'Microsoft Remote Desktop.' Download and install it. Step 4: Open Add Your PC to Remote Desktop. Open up Remote Desktop on your Mac. Click on 'Add Desktop.' A dialogue box will pop up. Type in the PC Name you jotted down; if it doesn't work, type in the IP address.

If you want to tweak a setting to perform a troubleshooting step (like finding a log or deleting a preference file), you need to make some changes in those hidden files. Some of you also want to get rid of the files from the hidden folder as they take way too much space.

So the question is “how to access the hidden files?”

Well, we have a solution for it. With the help of terminal and simple command, you can get your Mac’s hidden files and folders.

Must Read:How To Rename Multiple Files At Once On Mac

In this article, we have discussed how to view hidden files and folders on Mac with Terminal.

Launch Terminal

  1. You can launch Terminal via Spotlight.
  • Go to Finder bar and look for a magnifying glass like icon and click on it to open Spotlight.
  • Type Terminal, Spotlight will open a terminal for you.
  1. You can also locate Terminal:
  • On OS X, open your Applications folder.
  • Go to Utilities folder.
  • Open the Terminal application.

Must Read: Quitting Apps on Mac Just Got Handier!

View Hidden Files and Folders:

  • Now that you have accessed Terminal.
  • Type or copy/paste the following commands into the Terminal window:

“defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE” (This command tells the Finder to show all files, irrespective of the hidden flag setting )

“killall Finder” (This command will stop and restart Finder, so that the changes can take place)

  • Press the return or enter key after you enter each line of text.
  • These commands will allow you to use Finder to find all the hidden files on your Mac.

Note: It is normal to see the Desktop screen vanish and reappear while executing the commands.

Once these commands are executed, you will be able to see a file named.DS_Store. The .DS_Store file consists of information about the folder, you are currently in, including the icon, the location of the window and other bits of information the system requires. Moreover, you get the access to the important hidden folders such as the Library folder inside your Home folder. The Library folder contains many files and folders which is related to a particular apps and services that you use on your Mac.

Note: It is recommended to take a good look at your Library folder and target the issue that you are having, then make any changes.

Hide The Files:

Now that you have seen the hidden folders or you are done with the troubleshooting, you must hide the folders to keep them safe.

  • Open Terminal (Follow the steps to launch Terminal)
  • Type the below commands into the Terminal window:

“defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE?”

Mac Open Folder In Terminal

“killall Finder”

Press return key or enter key to execute the command and done, the hidden files are hidden once again.

In this way, you can hide and show the hidden folders of Mac with the help of Terminal. Try it and let us know what worked for you.

Next Read: How To Use Mac’s General Preferences Pane

Open File From Terminal Mac Mojave

Open html file from terminal mac

Watch this space for cool tech tips!

What Do You Think?