Hidden files in Linux are those that start with a
.. For example
.bashrc in your home directory (assuming you use bash.
If you do a standard directory list (
ls) you won’t see any hidden files by default.
To show hidden files, use the all flag with either
--all. For example:
$ ls -a .bashrc .profile Desktop Documents Downloads workspace
A word of warning – don’t assume a hidden file or folder is actually hidden. Not only is it easily found as shown, but when running a
find in a directory, hidden files and folders will automatically be searched as well.