How to show hidden files in Ubuntu 24.04

Last update: 06-09-2024

To show hidden files in the Ubuntu file explorer (Nautilus), you can use one of the following methods:

Method 1: Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Open the file explorer.
  2. Press `Ctrl + H` on your keyboard. This will toggle the visibility of hidden files.

Method 2: Using the Menu

  1. Open the file explorer.
  2. Click on the three-line menu icon (often called the hamburger menu) in the top right corner.
  3. Select "Show Hidden Files" from the dropdown menu.

Natilus habmuerger icon

Hidden files in Linux start with a dot (e.g., `.hiddenfile`). Once you enable the visibility, these files will appear in the file explorer.

Method 3: Terminal Command

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. Navigate to the directory where you want to view hidden files using the `cd` command.
  3. Use the command `ls -a` to list all files, including hidden ones.

For example:

cd /path/to/directory
ls -a

These methods will help you view hidden files in Ubuntu's file explorer.


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