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  • Last Updated : 18 Apr, 2022
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isHidden() method of File class in Java can use be used to check if a file is hidden or not. This method returns a boolean value – true or false.


public static boolean isHidden(Path path) 
throws IOException

Parameters: Path to the file to test.

Return Type: A boolean value, true if file is found hidden else returns false as a file is not found hidden 

Exceptions Thrown:

  • IOException: If an I/O error occurs
  • SecurityException: In the case of the default provider, and a security manager is installed, the checkRead() method is invoked to check read access to the file.

Remember: Depending on the implementation the isHidden() method may require to access the file system to determine if the file is considered hidden.



// Java Program to Check if Given File is Hidden or Not
// Using isHidden() Method of File class
// Importing required classes
// Main class
// HiddenFileCheck
public class GFG {
    // Main driver method
    public static void main(String[] args)
        throws IOException, SecurityException
        // Creating a file by
        // creating an object of File class
        File file = new File(
        // Checking whether file is hidden or not
        // using isHidden() method
        if (file.isHidden())
            // Print statement as file is found hidden
                "The specified file is hidden");
            // Print statement as file is found as not
            // hidden
                "The specified file is not hidden");


Output Explanation: As it can easily be visualized from the background of the output that the ‘demo.rtf’ file popping icon is clearly seen. The code reflects that a specific file is not hidden on the terminal output as seen above.

Note: The precise definition of hidden is a platform or provider-dependent.

  • UNIX: A file is hidden if its name begins with a period character (‘.’).
  • Windows: A file is hidden if it is not a directory and the DOS hidden attribute is set. 

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