How do you show a hidden folder (whose name starts with .) in File Manager a.k.a. Nautilus on Ubuntu? I am somewhat new to Ubuntu and can't seem to find the "view" menu.

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    Press CTRL+H and all hidden folders will appear. Pressing it again will hide all hidden folders. – Camicri May 22 '14 at 23:13
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    Ctrl+H will work in Nautilus, Nemo, Thunar etc, but for Dolphin (KDE's file manager), it may be Alt+. or similar. – Wilf Nov 28 '14 at 20:48
  • How do I configure this via the terminal? – masterxilo Feb 14 at 19:38

Ubuntu 17.10 and earlier

Maximize the folder.

Go to the top menu -->View->Show hidden files:

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Or by pressing ctrl + H.

For permanently showing hidden files, you can go to the Edit>Preferences menu item as shown below:


With the terminal you should:

cd /path-of-directory 

ls -a 

Ubuntu 18.04 and newer

The accepted answer is correct for older versions of Ubuntu.

For newer versions, the image displayed below works

In the top right corner of file explorer, there is a menu button displayed as 3 stacked line (hamburger menu), clicking on that will open a modal, on that there is an option Show hidden files

Image 1

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    Wow, that option is buried. I would have never found that on my own. – wisbucky Dec 6 '18 at 22:15
  • This is not a permanent fix; for me, it reverts back to hiding files (v20.04). – josephwb Aug 30 '20 at 3:47
  • Is there a way to make this permanent?! I've delete my .git files the thousandth time over now... – Bim Feb 9 at 21:19

enter image description hereits really simple

In Ubuntu 18.04, show hidden files is here as shown in the image above...

Isn't it simple


  • Because this is the simplest method that I know and only few clicks can do your work... enjoy :) – Muntaha Liaqat Apr 15 '19 at 9:41
  • ok i'll remember that next time – Muntaha Liaqat Apr 16 '19 at 4:44

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