Ubuntu Nautilus Keeps Showing Hidden Files. Here’s How to Hide Them [Quick Tips]

If you have recently upgraded your Ubuntu to Ubuntu 14.04 and found that when you open the Nautilus File Manager, all the hidden files are visible rather than hidden, here is the fix.

Open a terminal and type:

Alternatively, you can do it with a GUI.

1. Install dconf

2. Run dconf-editor

3. On the left panel, navigate to “org -> gnome -> nautilus -> preferences”. On the right panel, search for an entry “show-hidden-files.” Uncheck the box beside it.


4. That’s it.

Next time you open your Nautilus File Manager, all the hidden files will stay hidden. You can then press “Ctrl + h” to show the hidden files.


Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. Didn’t work for me. Do you need to restart? I wonder what caused this problem in the first place.

  2. The show-hidden-files key in org.gnome.nautilus.preferences is deprecated

    Use the show-hidden key in org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser instead (you will also find this in dconf-editor).

  3. I’m running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in a VirutalBox environment, host pc is Arch Linux, running VirtualBox 4.3.14, and VBox Guest Additions 4.2.16

  4. open terminal and type:
    Enter and then:
    uncheck show-hidden

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