Making Finder be more like 'ls -a'

05 Jan 2008

Finder has this annoying habit of hiding files and extensions it thinks will confuse you. As if!

Show all files

By default Finder hides files that start with "." (dot) and perhaps others too. To see all files, in Terminal type this

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles true && killall Finder

To revert, change the true to false. I originally bumped into this here.

Show all extensions

Finder sometimes likes hiding the file extention like ".html" from you. To fix this: go into Finder's preferences, click the Advanced, and then click "Show all file extensions"

Enjoy!