Ubuntu – How to hide files and folders in Nautilus


I want to hide, most of the folders in root (/) using Nautilus. Probably the only folders in / I want shown are /home and /tmp.

In addition to hiding folders, I also want to hide two files: initrd.img and initrd.img.old.

I find such a setup to be pro-noob, and looks a lot slicker too. How can I hide those folders and files?

Best Answer

Tested under Nautilus 3.4.2 on Ubuntu 12.04/12.10 (but works in almost all scenarios)

Open gnome-terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).

Type ls /.

Copy the name(s) of the folder(s) you want hidden.

Press Alt+F2, then type in gedit.

Paste all the names you want hidden like so:


Image excerpted from Another Way to Hide Files Folders in Ubuntu by Meilin

Save the file (Ctrl+S) in the directory / with the name .hidden (no asterisk, as seen in the image above).

Refresh the page, and they are gone.


Image from How to hide files and folders - EuroBytes

If you want them unhidden later...

To unhide the folders, you can either:

  • remove there names from the .hidden file, or
  • just press Ctrl+H to view all hidden files and folders.