A free and simple Mac utility

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.DS_Store (Desktop Services Store) is a hidden file created by Mac OS X to store custom attributes of a folder such as the position of icons or the choice of a background image.

By default, the Mac OS X Finder will create a .DS_Store file in every folder that it accesses, even folders on remote systems (for example, folders shared over an SMB or AFP connection).

These .DS_Store files can be really pesky in a multi-platform network environment, they can basically just lead to unnecessary filesystem clutter that Windows & Linux users receive no benefit from.

This application can be used to delete .DS_Store files.
You can also optionally delete Thumbs.db files.

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24 thoughts on “A free and simple Mac utility

  1. Thanks for you app! If you can make the icon on the dock a “drop target” (basically, you can drag folders into the dock icon) and bring up the app + delete in one move, this would improve the app by 100% … not sure how hard this is

  2. I second that suggestion. Would come in handy. Although I need to say that your application already is very helpful to me.

    Thank you.
    Binh.

  3. I have Mavericks (10.9.5) running over here and just tested it again – no problems did arise so far. 10.10 has to wait for a bit, ‘though. Maybe someone else has the early bird experience?

  4. I have a DS_Store icon on my desktop. I can’t delete it because it say it is “invisible”. I got the darn thing when I tried to download a Nikon Camera software package. Any ideas on how to delete this %&###@.

  5. Image the location “Desktop” as a folder itself. So the .DS_store file is for the content of the desktop.

  6. .DS_Store (or Desktop Services Store) is a hidden file created by OS X. Your Mac places a .DS_Store file into every folder you have opened, automatically. If you suddenly see .DS_Store files (and unable to get rid of it), you probably accidently activated the Show All Files. You can delete them, but it will be re-created again. Here is how you can make this file hidden again:

    1.Launch Terminal by selecting Applications > Utilities

    2.Enter the following command:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean false;killall Finder

    3.Hit return, the Finder will restart and .DS_Store files (an other invisible files) will be hidden again.

  7. Integration with Services on the right hand click menu and to remove further files like ‘_.{name}’ Like the Cleanup App does.

  8. I’ve gotta say THANK YOU y’all for putting such a good, simple, useful tool into the hands of a newbie like me, who knows they need help, but not exactly what it is they need.

    Your help did get rid of a pesky .DS intruder/ghost who just didn’t want to leave my desktop !

    …And you have made this available for free ?!
    In that case, the least I can do as repayment is to leave you a 100% satisfaction review !!!

    Thanks.

  9. Die App funktioniert NICHT. Später, nach dem Löschen der Dateien, sind diese wieder da und das ist ja nicht Sinn der Sache

  10. +1 Stephen Wey. This app is awesome, but adding a ._ removal option would be very nice.

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