Quickly toggle hidden files in macOS's Finder
By default macOS’s Finder will not show hidden files. This can be overridden
defaults command line utility and restarting Finder.
$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool TRUE $ killall Finder
However, this will always show all hidden files until the above is undone
FALSE. This looks messy and may not be what you want
and having to retype the above snippet every time is not very convenient.
As it turns out, since macOS Sierra there is a keyboard shortcut that will
toggle the visibility of hidden files and folders:
Shift + Command + . (full stop). Strangely this very useful shortcut is not mentioned on Apple’s Mac keyboard shortcuts page.
Update: The hidden
.DS_Store files that Finder creates in every folder it
enters, never show up when asking it to show hidden files.