Currently when I invoke completion the behaviour is like this:

% cd ~/<TAB>
Completing directory
Desktop/    Downloads/  Pictures/   system/     Videos/
Documents/  Music/      Public/     Templates/  www/

How can I configure the completion to list the hidden files also?

2 Answers 2


This is a zsh option. It is mentioned in its introduction.

GLOBDOTS lets files beginning with a . be matched without explicitly specifying the dot.

Add the following to your .zshrc file.

setopt globdots

You could add globdots to $_comp_options in your .zshrc e.g.

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    Is there an easy way to ignore the current directory (.) and parent directory (..)? They are often useless on a comp list. Dec 10, 2018 at 9:59
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    @KrzysztofKaczor - Those are never shown in the completion list unless your .zshrc contains something like this: zstyle ':completion:*' special-dirs true in which case they are listed so it's an easy fix ;) Dec 10, 2018 at 18:05
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    thanks! turns out it's part of oh-my-zsh config. Dec 10, 2018 at 19:26
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    One of the maintainers of Oh My Zsh said that only _comp_options+=(globdots) is necessary. Do I really need compinit, too?
    – Lucas
    Sep 26, 2020 at 16:29
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    I don't know why but my config had _comp_options+=(globdots) and it was not working. After changing it to setopt globdots it works.
    – Luciano
    Apr 17, 2022 at 12:16

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