Thank you for your review
Email me when discounted: 

Hider is an app that lets you hide, encrypt, and password-protect private data on your Mac. Just launch Hider, enter your password, and select a file to add to the Hider vault. Once added, you can toggle between hidden and visible with just a click of a switch; no one can see or find your files with Finder or Spotlight when hidden in Hider. And upon hiding your file, Hider automatically AES-256 encrypts it, too. It makes your data incredibly secure!

Hider has an array of organizational features that make keeping track of your hidden data a piece of cake. It has:

  • Finder tags compatibility;
  • the more...

What's New

Version 2.0.3:
  • Fixed issues with file permissions assignment on unhide.
  • Optimized multi-threading processes for better performance.
  • Fixed color scheme issues for tags.


  • OS X 10.8 or later

Similar Software

Open Comparison
Suggest Other Similar Software
Leave a Review

Hider User Discussion

Nobody has reviewed or commented on this app yet. Add your own comment and get a discussion going!
Sort by: Time | Smiles
Tiago-Calhau Member IconReview+6

I like Hider 2 but to become really usable to me he needs to add support for iCloud / Dropbox and start using the Algorithm Serpent 256 with Whirlpool hash

Reply0 replies
Version 2.0.3
Dana Sutton Member IconReview+667
Dana Sutton

WARNING -- DO NOT USE THIS DANGEROUS APP. HIder 2 would be a great app. except that after using it for a few days it "ate" a lot of my data, i. e. it refused to open one of my folders containing important files. Fortunately, I was able to retrieve this stuff from Time Machine, but it taught me a valuable lesson. I've read complaints by App Store purchasers who have had the same experience. Maybe a later version will be reliable and trustworthy, but this one isn't.

Reply0 replies
Version 2.0
Bl0dwyn Member IconComment+13

When hiding files/folders, Hider 2 moves the files/folders into its vault, and encrypts the contents AND filenames. Even if you browse the vault using Terminal, you cannot tell what's inside, which is excellent. When you unhide, the files/folders are decrypted and moved back to their original place. This all seems to work flawlessly in my limited testing, and the interface makes the whole process simple. The ability to have vaults on external volumes is also an excellent feature.

One caveat: the encryption/decryption process takes some time (in the user guide it says it takes roughly as long as if you copied the files). For smallish files this is no bother, but for (say) movie files this could be a nuisance. I tested with a folder with 10GB of movie files on a Firewire 800 drive, and it took around 5 minutes to hide or unhide. This would be a 5 star app for me if this time delay could somehow be overcome.

Reply0 replies
Version 2.0
Gary30 Member IconComment+192

This was in a recent bundle so I decided to check it out to see if it was worth anything to me. It is not worth a penny; others may feel differently. I use encrypted sparseimage volumes for this sort of thing. Thy are fast. You can use aliases or symbolic links to files within encrypted sparseimage volumes (when you click on the alias, the sparseimage password dialog box comes up, type the password and the document opens normally). To close a sparseimage, just select it and hit Command + E. Could not be simpler. Plus, the sparseimage is completely portable, password and all.

Reply0 replies
Version 1.6.7
Pneshati Member IconReview+59

I have, for awhile, enjoyed the user interface of MacPaw's software. CleanMyMac has been brilliant, and I thought the same of MacHider until I realized something. I had to do some serious work that involved showing hidden files. Much to my shock, I realized that the "hidden files" were hidden simply by reversing the letters in the file name and the old period trick. Other people probably have realized this too, so they may know how to get at your files.

This looks like a reliable and secure application and was made by a good developer, so don't be tricked into thinking that your things are safe.

Basically, what I'm saying is that anyone, truly anyone, could come across these files. Especially if you work with the option to view invisible files.

Be warned!

Reply1 reply
Version 1.5.1

Hi, good warning. However, there are two target groups when it comes to hide files. The first one, who needs an invisible encrypted Fort Knox to hide sensible data and the other group who just wants their kids not to see some delicate files while using the family Mac.

I think MacHider and our UberMaks are meant for the second group and advertised as such. Any real encryption takes quite a time and if you need to hide a couple of fotos, documents, films etc. you have to wait a while. Not recommended when the boss comes into the Office and you a have but a few seconds to make a few things invisible :-)

For all other issues, try Knox or Espionage - they do hide files the encrypted way.

Kind regards

Jan Fuellemann

frodo_life Member IconReview+285

agree with previous reviewer but on top of that it's also very easy to corrupt the folder and loose it.

Just had this happen to me and it took me a while to recover files with a different method as the recovery tool in MacHider always crashed.

So I say stay away if you love your files

Reply0 replies
Version 1.1
Chin Member IconReview+26

The application is easy to use and the GUI is appealing. It also work at advertised. But unfortunately the developer didn't say, that his application did not hide the files and folders very securely.

All what it does is to create a folder named .SYS_INDEX which is hidden, as it begins with a '.'. But it is readily visible via corr. Finder settings or with Terminal.app via a 'ls -a' command.

Then it reverse the name of the file or folder to hide. A 'Archive.txt' will be renamed to 'evihcrA.txt' and put into said folder .'SYS_INDEX'.

That's it! This is not very secure and there are a lot of applications that give you the same level of "security" as this app!

So after all, this app is not for me, but your mileage may vary ...

Reply0 replies
Version 1.1
NicaLand Member IconReview+14

I would say that it is pretty easy to use, do not need to think of different ways to hide my files. The files are not found by spotlight, and what I did is that I hide the files and then closed the app. Works like a charm. Good thing it is on sale!

Reply0 replies
Version 1.1
rob.h Member IconComment+165

Would want to know more about how this actually works before buying - unfortunately the website doesn't say much. Does it simply hide files by moving them somewhere - in which case, what about backing them up? Does it use encryption of any sort or are files just flagged as hidden? Will they show up in Spotlight? What if the app has a problem (e.g. after an OS X update), can you retrieve your files without it?

Reply1 reply
Version 1.1

All it does is remove the files and folders from common listing functions by putting a dot in front of the name. This is **not** secure and it is not even really hiding anything anyway. That convention is there for convenience, to stow away stuff you don't need to see all of the time. It is not ever meant to be a way to hide anything as there are extremely easy ways to reveal these files.

This is analogous to putting a filter on the Finder window so that only folders with "Bob" in the name are revealed, and then pretending that everything else is hidden and secure.

In short. Waste of money. You can put your own dot in front of anything for free.

Carlos Duarte Member IconComment+5
Carlos Duarte

Very useful app, with the free version I could hide a couple of files that didn't want my mom to see. Also I liked the design, pretty simple. Will buy it when I get a chance.

Reply0 replies
Version 1.0
user icon+0
Version 1.6.7
user icon+0
Version 1.6.6
user icon+229
Version 1.6.5
user icon+0
Version 1.6.3
> 2 10


Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 17,573
Version Downloads 25
License Commercial
Date 17 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $19.99