How to Hide Folders in Mac OS X?

by Vickram H 2012-09-07 18:20:06

How to Hide Folders in Mac OS X?

Hiding existing folders is fairly easy:

Launch the Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/ or from Launchpad
Type the following command:
chflags hidden /path/to/folder/

When finished, close out of Terminal

For example, to hide a folder in my home directory named “Secrets” the command would be:
chflags hidden ~/Secrets/


The folder will immediately disappear from visibility, becoming hidden from the Finder. This includes everything contained within the folder as well, whether they are more files or other folders.
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