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Computer Science

The purpose of hidden files

Hello there,

I am in the programming field for quite a long but a question raises when looking at this video: what is the purpose of hidden files?

I know some of them are used for configuration (.vimrc, .prettierrc and so on). But why do we hide them?

Is it some kind of a convention?

2 Answers

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hi there, Thomas Dimnet! The primary purpose for hiding files is to keep them from accidentally being deleted. Ultimately, hidden files can always be seen by the user, but typically you only want people to see them who know what they are and why they are there :smiley:

Yes, sure :) But for instance for .prettierrc or .eslint, you will remove them anyway if you delete the all folder. But I think I see what you say :)