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Mac OS X - Opening and editing hidden files using BBEdit

Many of Mac OS X's UNIX underpinnings are hidden from view. This short tutorial will show you, how to open and edit hidden files using the popular text editor BBEdit.

After launching BBEdit, choose Open Hidden from the File menu.

The Open Hidden command presents a dialog box with the same appearance and behaviors as the standard Open dialog, except that it shows invisible files. Select the file you want to open. The example below assumes that we want to open the Apache configuration file. Click Open to open the file.

Beginning to make changes to the Apache configuration file, we will be prompted to unlock the document (the httpd.conf file is owned by root).
When we save our httpd.conf file, we will be prompted to authenticate. We just enter our username and password. So that's it!