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Hiding and Show files on Mac OS X

Terminal - Hiding and Show files on Mac OS X
setfile -a V foo.bar; setfile -a v foo.bar;
2009-08-12 17:16:03
User: JakeCarter
Hiding and Show files on Mac OS X

These commands will mark a file as hidden or visible to Mac OS X Finder. Notice the capitol V vs the lowercase v. This will also work for directories.

setfile -a V foo.bar; // This marks the file invisible

setfile -a v foo.bar; // This marks the file visible

I have also found that adding the following aliases are helpful:

alias hide='setfile -a V'

alias show='setfile -a v'


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Terminal - Alternatives

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well, there is no "setfile" command on osx-leopard

Comment by vigo 362 weeks and 3 days ago

hmmm. sorry my bad!

Comment by vigo 362 weeks and 3 days ago

well, hides only "Finder"... still visible for cli

Comment by vigo 362 weeks and 3 days ago

I have setfile, I think it came with developertools, but i'm not sure. great command, i've used it myself to hide /opt becouse instaling macports unhide it.

Comment by irae 362 weeks and 3 days ago

Interesting (though i'm a little late to the party it seems). I found it, but as I have a case-sensitive filesystem, I have to type

SetFile -a V foo.bar;

Naturally I could alias or link the file to 'setfile'. Meh!

Comment by fukr 247 weeks and 6 days ago

There is also the chflags command:

chflags hidden /path/to/file/or/folder

chflags nohidden /path/to/file/or/folder

Comment by plasticphyte 149 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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