Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin.

The search function in Nautilus does not show the hidden files or the files in the hidden directories (like, for example, the Unison .prf files in the directory home/.unison).

There is a way, or a script, to change this behavior? (I have tried also with "gnome-search-tools without any result.

share|improve this question


This is a known issue with Nautilus, not only happening in Ubuntu but any distribution using it.

The best way to look for hidden files / folders in your computer will then be via a terminal, ie:

find / -name "Kung Fu Panda"

So, find in / any file / folder with -name is equal to Kung Fu Panda.

share|improve this answer
Thank you, I have tried your suggestion but I find the results full of things that I don't need (for example a lot of message like "find: "/proc/1358/task/1403/fdinfo": permission denied"). Now I am trying the "locate" command: "locate kung fu panda" – mario_user28404 Jun 11 '12 at 19:40
@mario_user28404 You're getting all those messages because those places aren't owned by you (probably owned by root). You could either use sudo (sudo find / -name "Kung Fu Panda") or limit the search to you home directory (find ~ -name "Kung Fu Panda"), which you should own completely. – DaimyoKirby Feb 12 '13 at 2:53
Alternatively, use -iname if you are not concerned with matching the exact case in your search. – iyrin Jun 21 '13 at 23:42

If you need to search on hidden folders or search hidden files, from Ubuntu Software center install Search Tool (gnome-seach-tool) ; with this tool you can search everything you need it.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.