Houdini
Houdini
1.0

5.0

Houdini free download for Mac

Houdini for Mac1.0

18 January 2011

Create, access, or delete hidden folders.

What is Houdini for Mac

Houdini is a simply designed app to let you take full advantage of Mac OS X's "hidden folder" and "hidden file" ability. It allows you to create, access, move, reveal or delete hidden folders and files.

Features
  • Full mastery of hidden files in OS X
  • The ability to toggle the visibility of hidden files with the "Toggle File Visibility" button
  • The ability to browse hidden files with the "Browse Hidden Files" button
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle hidden files
  • Create new hidden folders and drag files into them via Houdini
  • Open hidden files through Houdini
  • Create hidden text files with Houdini
  • Explore system files and the music on iPods using Houdini
  • Reveal your hidden files and see them again

What's new in Houdini

Version 1.0:

Note: Although Finder indicates that this is version 1.0, the developer states that this is version 3.0.2.

  • OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard now supported

Related articles

Join over 500,000 subscribers.

Subscribe for our newsletter with best Mac offers from MacUpdate.

How would you rate Houdini?
MacUpdate Comment Policy. We strongly recommend leaving comments, however comments with abusive words, bullying, personal attacks of any type will be moderated.
0.0
(0 Reviews of )
There are no reviews yet
idlewild
idlewild
Aug 30 2011
1.0
0.0
Aug 30 2011
0.0
Version: 1.0
I'm getting a crash when I run Houdini 1.0; any idea when you'll have this compatible with Lion? This software is really useful, thanks for creating it!
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Jul 8 2011
1.0
0.0
Jul 8 2011
0.0
Version: 1.0
FYI, this app is a universal Intel/PPC binary.
smedinar
smedinar
Mar 23 2011
1.0
4.0
Mar 23 2011
4.0
Version: 1.0
I loved this app because everytime i want to open some flash memory and i delete a file it goes to a .Trashes file (which is hidden) but the deleted file stays there so i can't permanently delete it because of the 'hidden' issue only in a PC... which I hate (to depend on a PC) The problem in my case was that I could see the hidden file but i couldn't delete it, hope you can help me with this problem. Ty!! :))
Beige
Beige
Jan 18 2011
1.0
0.0
Jan 18 2011
0.0
Version: 1.0
you might want to change the name of this software. Houdini is a well known 3D program and it's at version 11 (sidefx.com). If this gets popular, you'll probably be getting a letter from some lawyers.
cmotdibbler
cmotdibbler
Jan 18 2011
1.0
0.0
Jan 18 2011
0.0
Version: 1.0
I was just looking for an app like this for my new MBP. I wanted to make an easy-to-find (yet hidden) file with my contact info in case the machine gets stolen and the thief takes it in for reformatting. Hardly foolproof and there are many other sophisticated methods but thieves are not always so bright. This app made it easy to create a hidden folder.
Ausfahrt
Ausfahrt
Jul 20 2010
3.0.1
0.0
Jul 20 2010
0.0
Version: 3.0.1
On 10.6.4, iMac, Toggle File Visibility returns an error every time: AppleScript Error: The domain/default pair of (com.apple.Finder, AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist (1) Also, when I try to reveal any folder, it says "An error occurred: The file you selected is already visible", when clearly from finder it is not. Tested on usr and iPod_Control. Basically, I haven't seen anything that this program can do correctly. Am I doing something wrong? It wouldn't have five stars if it doesn't work at all.
Grlgeek
Grlgeek
Jul 19 2010
3.0.1
5.0
Jul 19 2010
5.0
Version: 3.0.1
This app saved me time and a reboot. I kept getting a "A copy of Firefox is already open" messages after a hang and force quit, though the application didn't show up in the list of what was running. A Google search told me which hidden profile file was creating the problem, but I didn't really want to switch hidden file view on for the entire machine from the terminal. Houdini let me find and delete the file and get my browser back up and running without rebooting the machine. Thank you, thank you, thank you! (The machine is running Snow Leopard, and the download provided here worked just fine.)
DCT
DCT
Jun 10 2010
3.0.1
5.0
Jun 10 2010
5.0
Version: 3.0.1
Great app. My antivirus software found a virus in a hidden virtual memory directory and was unable to quarantine the file. I was about to go into Terminal to find the culprit when I thought, there must be "an app for that" and I found this little jewel, and FREE at that. Problem solved, and my antivirus software and system security is happy again. Thank you to the developer!
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
Jan 4 2010
3.0.1
0.0
Jan 4 2010
0.0
Version: 3.0.1
I wonder if people who do not back up actually brush their teeth ?!
Xenophile
Xenophile
Oct 7 2009
3.0.1
0.0
Oct 7 2009
0.0
Version: 3.0.1
PPC version?
Slrman
Slrman
Sep 29 2009
3.0.1
0.0
Sep 29 2009
0.0
Version: 3.0.1
"Like any true Mac user, I had failed to back up my files" This is NOT like a true Mac user. I think anyone that isn't smart enough to back up their files isn't smart enough to write any program I want on my system. So anyone that thinks about it will give this program a wide berth.
Papster
Papster
Jun 3 2009
3.0
0.0
Jun 3 2009
0.0
Version: 3.0
Unfortunately Houdini will not open on my Mac running OS 10.4.11. Unzipping Houdini download produces a faded folder icon: trying to open it triggers a message that it is not supported on my system. Can anyone explain what the problem might be, and how I might get round it? Thanks.
Kiratra-Promsaka-Na-Sakolnakorn
May 26 2009
0.0
Version: 3.0
I accidentally delete a file that I had hidden using Houdini. How do i get it back? Pls help
Elegraphy
Elegraphy
May 13 2009
3.0
0.0
May 13 2009
0.0
Version: 3.0
Anytime we're going to see UB version soon?
RogerKatz
RogerKatz
Apr 29 2009
3.0
0.0
Apr 29 2009
0.0
Version: 3.0
MacUpdate download problems I am unable to download this program via this page. I only get a download that takes me back to this same page. Despite the fact that I have successfully downloaded many, many, dozens of programs via MacUpdate, I have had this problem at the following specific MacUpdate pages: ID 27604 (ie., iTubeX Ultimate) ID 29994 (ie., iClip Lyrics) ID 30886 (ie., Pod to Mac) ID 26729 (ie., Houdini)
Maxdelta
Maxdelta
Mar 14 2009
2.1
0.0
Mar 14 2009
0.0
Version: 2.1
Hudini worked beautifully for me. I was using time machine on my sisters computer when it came up with an error message saying some file like .30056cdi(blah blah) had some priviledge problem. Using hudini I was able to uncover this file, delete it and get time machine working again... The problem I have now is that all the normally hidden files are now no longer hidden and I don't want my sister deleting something that she shouldn't. When time machine finishes I am hoping to find away of re hidding them,,
Wkdixon
Wkdixon
Feb 20 2009
2.1
0.0
Feb 20 2009
0.0
Version: 2.1
I just used Houdini 2.1 on my Mac Pro 10.5.6 It showed me the hidden files but whenever I try to delete one a new file takes its place. I now have a DS Store file on my Desktop that I can't remove. Plus, all of my folders have reverted to "View As Icon"! Am I doing something wrong or is this a bug? Thanks WKDixon
Mndel
Mndel
Jan 9 2009
2.1
5.0
Jan 9 2009
5.0
Version: 2.1
I just used 2.1 on my G4 10.4.11 - it allowed me to salvage 6 gigs of hidden files no other app I found could get at. Its 'move' feature was the trick.Thanks much!
Tbtalbott
Tbtalbott
Oct 13 2008
2.1
0.0
Oct 13 2008
0.0
Version: 2.1
In Leopard 10.5.5 I'm getting the following error when I click the icon for Toggle File Visibility: AppleScript Error The variable zerothchoice is not defined. (-2753) Thanks, -Tom
Quasimodo
Quasimodo
Oct 13 2008
2.1
0.0
Oct 13 2008
0.0
Version: 2.1
Bug: When I click the Toggle File Visibility button, I get an AppleScript Error: "The variable zerothchoice is not defined. (-2753)". Annoyance: When I click the Hide file button and select a file to hide, it does indeed disappear, with an alert that I will be able to view the file only through the Houdini application. What the alert does not say is that the file is renamed with an leading period, a piece of information that is crucial to finding the file again. This app could really use a Help file or at least some documentation.
Hans66
Hans66
Oct 8 2008
2.1
0.0
Oct 8 2008
0.0
Version: 2.1
Here in Europ at 11 h (GMT+2) am the .dmg still wouldn't expand.
Pissnaround
Pissnaround
Oct 7 2008
2.1
0.0
Oct 7 2008
0.0
Version: 2.1
This version fails to mount. size says it's suppose eo be 10.3 MB. what downloads is only 4.8 MB
Pissnaround
Pissnaround
Oct 3 2008
2.0
0.0
Oct 3 2008
0.0
Version: 2.0
Getting a failed to mount error
Cerezo
Cerezo
Jun 19 2008
1.7
0.0
Jun 19 2008
0.0
Version: 1.7
date/time) defaults(250) The domain/default pair of (com.apple.Finder, AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist this is happening although its leopard compatible..what am i gonna do to get my files back? someone should get this fixed please!.
Joker84
Joker84
Jun 19 2008
1.7
0.0
Jun 19 2008
0.0
Version: 1.7
We fixed the problems with Leopard compatibility. It should run fine on both Tiger and Leopard now.
Camerique
Camerique
Mar 1 2008
1.6.1
0.0
Mar 1 2008
0.0
Version: 1.6.1
I got this error message when clicking on the icon - (date/time) defaults(250) The domain/default pair of (com.apple.Finder, AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist What's up with that? Files did dissappear when dropped onto icon; now how do I get it back? Clicking on the Houdini icon generated the error message above.
Bugsman-(i-Zap-Germs)
Bugsman-(i-Zap-Germs)
Feb 23 2008
1.6
0.0
Feb 23 2008
0.0
Version: 1.6
Caution. Yes, this works, but when testing the App by dragging a folder onto the icon, it was saved inside the Applications Folder. I had a hell of a job finding it again , then a Spotlight search, then moved the revealed folder to where it should have been, then . Yikes! Apart from that, it does what it says on the box, and is a useful adjunct to TrueCrypt on my iBook (the Mac version of TrueCrypt does not yet support the option to create hidden files). And before anyone asks, "why not use OSX FileVault", the answer is that (a) a clean re-install of the OS after a fatal crash would erase the user's home folder - end of all saved files, and (b) the password used is the same as the log-in password which is nowhere near complex enough (I can't remember something like ACbhsY>uZXDYcLvUctuaeRrmzn9eaofAR3hj) to prevent brute-force hacking! Therefore my disc is partitioned with the files residing on the non-boot partition, encrypted with TrueCrypt and now hidden with Houdini. So a big thanks to the developers, and a request to correct the anomalous behaviour of drag and drop saving. Apologies for such a long post!
Pissnaround
Pissnaround
Feb 23 2008
1.6
0.0
Feb 23 2008
0.0
Version: 1.6
I've been a Mac user since 1985. One thing I have learned. Are too many whiny Mac users, Especially when it comes to FREE software.
Joker84
Joker84
Feb 23 2008
1.5.1
0.0
Feb 23 2008
0.0
Version: 1.5.1
Alright. You guys have every reason to be upset with the app. However, in my opinion, to react in that way was unnecessary. I understand your frustrations, but that was a little out of hand. We have fixed the problems and it should work fine now.
Paladino
Paladino
Feb 22 2008
1.5.1
0.0
Feb 22 2008
0.0
Version: 1.5.1
"The variable zerothoptions is not defined" message appears upon Houdini launch in version 1.5.1 also. Hey developer, don't ya think it's time to give it up already? You're obviously in way above your head.
nostrodumbass
nostrodumbass
Feb 22 2008
1.5
0.0
Feb 22 2008
0.0
Version: 1.5
This whole Houdini trip is just too BIZARRE! v1.5 is a TOTAL DISASTER! (v1.4.4 worked ok) I, too, am getting the, "the variable zerothoptions is not defined" on my desktop. Earlier, upon launch, a window appeared with a list of applications, the first twenty or so were blank and the rest were a combination of applications and none-applications, most in triplicate, quadruplicate and more. Huh??? Oh, and at the top of the window it said, "Where is Microsoft Word?"? WTF??!! I don't even have Microsoft Word installed. Question: Do you, developer(s) know wtf your doing??? I think not. Why don't you just toss this Houdini thing into the trash, go take your meds, take a nice warm bath and then have a really nice long nap, ok? You'll feel much better.
RogerKatz
RogerKatz
Feb 22 2008
1.5
0.0
Feb 22 2008
0.0
Version: 1.5
AGAIN!!! As I reported for version 1.4.2; Houdini version 1.5 doesn't work on my MacBook Pro with MacOS 10.5.2. When I open it, I get an alert that "The variable zerothoptions is undefined". Houdini version 1.4.4 worked fine for me.
waryuser
waryuser
Feb 20 2008
1.4.4
0.0
Feb 20 2008
0.0
Version: 1.4.4
Just wondering, but why does this one trick pony weigh 2.5mb?
nostrodumbass
nostrodumbass
Feb 19 2008
1.4.3
0.0
Feb 19 2008
0.0
Version: 1.4.3
This version, 1.4.3, doesn't work here. When I launch it and press "run", I get a message on my desktop saying, "Could not run this script because the required resources were not found. -192" OS 10.4.9 on a PPC Mac
RogerKatz
RogerKatz
Feb 19 2008
1.4.2
0.0
Feb 19 2008
0.0
Version: 1.4.2
Houdini version 1.4.2 doesn't work on my MacBook Pro with MacOS 10.5.2. When I open it, I get an alert that "The variable zerothoptions is undefined". By the way, the About Houdini window says that it is an applescript saved as an application. Houdini version 1.4.1 works fine for me.
Sueco
Sueco
Feb 11 2008
1.4.1
0.0
Feb 11 2008
0.0
Version: 1.4.1
I am quite upset with the program as I have installed it an now all my files and folders look like they are hiden and they are not. Even my applications folder¡¡¡ I would like some kind of help for the program.
nostrodumbass
nostrodumbass
Jan 16 2008
1.3
0.0
Jan 16 2008
0.0
Version: 1.3
Hmm, the file hiding feature in v1.3 doesn't work. When I launch Houdini, and click on "files", it just quits. I also tried dropping a file on the Houdini icon in the Dock but the file isn't then hidden. Am I missing something? There's no help function, no apparent Houdini website nor any contact info.
Xaedelus
Xaedelus
Jan 15 2008
1.2.2
0.0
Jan 15 2008
0.0
Version: 1.2.2
Fantastic little program!! Nice work!
Xaedelus
Xaedelus
Jan 15 2008
1.2.1
0.0
Jan 15 2008
0.0
Version: 1.2.1
That's Great! Thank you for your prompt response, I look forward to using this program! Cheers!
Xaedelus
Xaedelus
Jan 14 2008
1.1
0.0
Jan 14 2008
0.0
Version: 1.1
Disk fails to mount.....not sure if the problem is on my end so if someone can reply that would be great. I'm sure this product rocks, just wish it would open.
Free

5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later
License: 
FreeAbsolutely Free

Downloaded & Installed 364,739 times

Similar apps
Funter
Funter
Show and hide hidden and system files.
Is this app is similar to Funter? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
6
Total score
0
Downvotes
Spirited Away
Spirited Away
Hides inactive applications.
Is this app is similar to Spirited Away? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
0
Total score
0
Downvotes
Hide Folders
Hide Folders
Protect your documents and folders.
Is this app is similar to Hide Folders? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
0
Total score
0
Downvotes
Invisibility Toggler
Invisibility Toggler
Invisibility Toggler enables you to view invisible files.
Is this app is similar to Invisibility Toggler? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
0
Total score
0
Downvotes
iVisible
iVisible
Show/hide invisible OS X files.
Is this app is similar to iVisible? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
0
Total score
0
Downvotes