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.
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.
Now select View from the Cyberduck menu, and then Show Hidden Files from the drop-down list.
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.
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.
Remove the dot ( . ) in front of the file name and then download it as your would any other file.
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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