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Secret Way To Hide Any File or Folder From File Manager View on Linux

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Sometimes you may need to hide a file or folder from your home directory, but without modifying its name (E.g renaming example to .example) and also without removing it or moving it somewhere else. You just want to leave it in the same location, but without seeing it in your file manager view again.

This could be helpful for example in the case of Snaps; They always leave a snap folder in your home folder while they are working, and you can’t remove it or move it somewhere else, Still, you don’t want to see that damn folder all the time.

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snap folder being displayed on Nautilus

You also want to prevent members of your family from searching your sensitive files while you are not close to your computer, but you also don’t want to remove these files 😉

Luckily, there’s a hidden (Quite hidden!) method in which you can do that in just one minute, and on all the major file managers (Not just nautilus).

The method is quite simple. Just create a .hidden text file in your home directory, and put the name of the files/folders you want to hide in each separate line. So the contents of my own file at /home/mhsabbagh/.hidden will be:

snap
Videos
Music

Then close your file manager and open it again, and you’ll see the folders being hidden:

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Nautilus hiding the 3 selected folders

By our testing, we found that the feature is supported on:

  • Nautilus: GNOME’s default file manager.
  • Dolphin: Default file manger for KDE.
  • Thunar: Default file manager for Xfce.
  • Pcmanfm-Qt: Default file manager for LXQt
  • Caja: Default file manager for MATE. (Thanks to Mahmut Erogul feedback).

Additionally, the feature works on any folder, and not just the home directory. So say that you want to hide a folder called something which is located inside /home/<username>/Downloads, then what you’ll do is that you’ll create a text file named .hidden in the /home/<username>/Downloads and put something inside it, and then restart your file manager.

In this way, you can keep your files and folders located at their place, but without seeing them in the file manager view.

Tell us in the comments if this feature was helpful to you!

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Mahmut Erogul

it is supported on Mate caja 🙂
it is NOT supported on Raspberry Pi OS pcmanfm 🙁

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