DS_STORE File Extension

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Mac OS X Folder Settings Format
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What is DS_STORE file?

File with.DS_STORE extension contains viewing preferences for folder in which the file is stored. It is a hidden file used in Mac OS systems, similar to desktop.ini file used in Microsoft Windows systems. DS_STORE file doesn’t have any filename, it starts with a comma character which makes it hidden is placed in a folder with default view settings. Folder settings, that is metadata that can be stored in DS_STORE files are as follows:

  • Size and position of icons,
  • Window position relative to the screen,
  • Selected view,
  • Information used by other applications (Mac OS 10.4 and later), for example Spotlight.

Name DS_STORE stands for Desktop Services Store. DS_STORE files are created and updated by system application tool Finder. DS_STORE file can be safely deleted and doing so will restore default folder settings and Finder will automatically create new DS_STORE file. The file is also created on removable storage devices such as pendrives. For remote file systems to which Mac OS has access DS_STORE files are also generated by default, but this option can be turned off. Moreover, DS_STORE files are created for file archives and will appear in unpacked folders even in different operating system, but they won’ t be used.

Programs that support DS_STORE file


We hope we helped you solve the problem with the DS_STORE file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the DS_STORE file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the DS_STORE file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the DS_STORE file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the DS_STORE file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the DS_STORE file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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