How To Show Hidden Files on Linux

On Linux, hidden files are files that are not directly displayed when performing a standard ls directory listing.

Hidden files, also called dot files on Unix operating systems, are files used in order to execute some scripts or to store configuration about some services on your host.

Some popular example of hidden files are the files contained in the user home directory : .bashrc that stores user initialization scripts or .bash_logout that is executed whenever you leave a bash session.