18 responses

  1. Chris
    May 10, 2010

    Great tip!

    Further to using the Cmd+Shift+G function in the GUI for opening the hidden folder. You can also use the ‘open’ command from Terminal.

    E.g. open .hiddenfolder will cause finder to open a new window on that directory.

    In addition to this, you can use the ‘open’ command to launch Applications!
    E.g. open -a “iTunes”
    Type the exact name of the Application within the quotes as it appears in the Applications folder.

    You can even pass arguments (to applications that take them) using this method.
    E.g. open -a “TextEdit” /Users/user/Documents/document.rtf
    This will open the file “document.rtf” in TextEdit.

    Have fun :)

    • Chris
      May 10, 2010

      Also forgot to mention.

      You can use “tab autocompletion” with the Cmd+shift+G functionality – nifty!

  2. Peter
    December 31, 2010


    do you guys know how to make invisible folder out of invisible folder?

    • me
      August 13, 2011

      4-way window pane should do the trick.

  3. Rodrigo
    October 20, 2011

    i put my documents in my new .hiddenfolder, but as soon as i tried to re open , the folder finder said ” unable to find folder”

    PLEASE help!

    • Myla
      June 6, 2016

      if you have this problem
      go into terminal and type in…

      open .hiddenfolder
      or whatever you named the folder
      that will open it up instantly!
      hope i helped!

  4. Rodrigo
    October 20, 2011

    i put my documents in my new .hiddenfolder, but as soon as i tried to re open , the folder finder said ” unable to find folder”

    PLEASE help!!

    • baran
      March 31, 2015

      Hello Rodrigo,

      I have the same problem. How did you solve it? I’d be glad if you could help. There were really important files for me in that folder.

  5. pascal
    December 23, 2011

    Thanks a lot, this is just perfect for my needs!

  6. bob
    November 4, 2012

    tnx m8. works just fione :)

  7. hendi
    March 3, 2013

    help, i make this .hiddenfolder long time ago in my ext harddrive and put 2 folders and files in it. but when i open.. it’s empty! and when i see the info folder it said “10GB items”.. yeah that’s my total files. how can show it again?

    hope you guys understand my english :| sorry.

    • DrNefario
      May 5, 2015

      Use “defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES” in terminal to show all hidden files.

  8. stan
    March 31, 2015


    I had created the folder a while ago. But now, the finder can’t find it. Can you please help? There were really important files in it.

    • nei
      March 31, 2015

      Use Spotlight to search for a file name that was located in the folder, should find it quickly

  9. Your mom
    June 5, 2015

    When I look for my secret folder, it isn’t there anymore! What should I do? I had important files there.

    • Washington
      June 5, 2015

      The article details how to find and reveal the hidden folder and make it unhidden to the user with Command+Shift+G and entering the proper path to the hidden directory.

      You can also use Spotlight to search directly for the files contained within it, it’s only hidden from the Finder not anything else.

      If you deleted the hidden folder or formatted the Mac, it will no longer be there.

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