can Files or Folders be HIDDEN on a Mac ?

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  1. easybullet3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2014
    is there any way to HIDE a file or folder on a Mac ?
    on a PC I can right-click any file or folder and select it to be Hidden.

    How can I do this on a mac ?

  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    One way is to use a file manager app like "Pathfinder" to change a file's (or folder's) attributes from visible to invisible.

    Even though the file/folder will then be invisible in the finder, you'll still be able to see it and act upon it in Pathfinder...
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There is no way to do it from the GUI, but there are Terminal commands you can execute on files and folders to make then hidden. Here is an article that explains it.
  4. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
  5. bdj33ranch macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2005
    Another idea might be to make an encrypted .dmg folder and give it some ubiquitous name. You do that from Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility. Create an encrypted disk image (.dmg) folder.

    New Image+ >

    - create a name
    - pick a size (you can’t make it bigger once created - just make another one if needed)
    - format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    - pick an encryption (128-bit AES encryption is probably sufficient)
    - partitions: single partition - GUID partition map
    - image format: read/write disk image

    create your password

    DO NOT save the password in your keychain!!!

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