How to view hidden files with Cyberduck

Cyberduck, a file transfer app for macOS that we have previously covered, doesn’t show hidden files by default. This very brief tutorial will show you how to view them.

  1. Launch Cyberduck and connect to one of your SFTP/FTP/etc sites. As illustrated in the example image below, there are two files on my server – contacts.txt and updates.txt.
  2. a Cyberduck window displaying remote files

  3. Now select View from the Cyberduck menu, and then Show Hidden Files from the drop-down list.
  4. the show hidden files Cyberduck menu item

  5. Any hidden files will be revealed. Hidden files are typically ones that start with a period ( . ) Often they’re configuration files for various applications and services, so be careful when deleting or moving them. In the example screenshot below, a file named .htaccess was revealed. This is a file used by my web server that I had backed up into a separate folder.
  6. hidden files being displayed in Cyberduck

  7. If you need to download a hidden file you’ll want to rename it during the process, otherwise it will be ‘hidden’ on your Mac as well. To do so, right-click (ctrl + click) the file and select Download As… from the context menu.
  8. the download as item in Cyberducks contextual menu

  9. Remove the dot ( . ) in front of the file name and then download it as your would any other file.
  10. renaming a file before downloading it with Cyberduck

  11. If you need to re-upload that hidden file at a later date, upload it without the period in front of it, and then rename it once it’s been successfully uploaded.

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9 thoughts on “How to view hidden files with Cyberduck”

  1. I cannot see the .htaccess file when I want to upload it with cyberduck. I see it on my pc, but not in the cyberduck window for uploading the file.

  2. thank you! this tip just saved me hours. i thought i had lost all my email after doing a migration, as the webmail wasn’t accessible.

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