I'm trying to log on to my Amazon EC2 cloud server instance with FileZilla, To do this I need to specify a keyfile for SFTP over SSH,

However, FileZilla in OS X can't open files in hidden directories.

Like for most Mac users, mine are located in ~/.ssh. But alas, when I click on 'Add Keyfile' in 'SFTP Settings' under 'Preferences', the Finder window won't show hidden files.

A bit of research turned up this, and I do have my Finder set up to view hidden files, so... what's up FileZilla?

I would really not like to have to move the contents of my .ssh to ~. I'd rather not take the easy way out and just use some other client.

2 Answers 2


In any Open or Save dialog in OS X, simply press Shift-Command-Period to display hidden files and folders.


  • Brilliant. forgive the turnaround on selecting this as the answer & tyty. Mar 8, 2013 at 20:31
  • No worries. I'm glad that it solved your problem :)
    – mlunoe
    Mar 9, 2013 at 16:54
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    If this doesn't work for you, try switching the folder view. For some reason this trick only worked on 3 of the 4 views (didn't work on the one with multiple panes)
    – Jeff
    Jun 23, 2015 at 21:52

Alternatively to displaying hidden files/folder, you may find it easier to navigate there directly.

CMD+Shift+G will display a dialogue box to enter the path. Then enter ~/.ssh, and you're in.

If you enter the path to a file in an Open/Save window and press enter, it will choose that file to be opened/saved.

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