Files with ds_store extension can be typically found by Mac OS X (macOS) users in many of their folders. These files contain information about various folder and window settings.

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Software that open ds_store file

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DS_STORE file extension - macOS folder information

What is ds_store file? How to open ds_store files?

File type specification:

System file type icon System file type

ds_store file icon: ds_store filetype icon

File extension ds_store is associated with Apple macOS (OS X) operating system.

The ds_store file holds information, which controls the way a folder will be opened; i.e., the shape and size of the window, the position of the window on the desktop and whether file, folder or icon view has been selected.

DS part in this file extension means Desktop Services.

If you delete ds_store files the folder would revert to the system default next time it is opened and a new blank ds_store would appear (invisibly).

The default software associated to open ds_store file:

Apple Finder icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple Finder  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Finder is the native file management utility in macOS (OS X) operating system. With Finder you can browse your computer directory structure, search files, work with files, do basic file/folder operations (copy, paste, remove, delete, rename etc.), mount disk images, connect to other computers on network, burn files etc.

macOS icon

Apple, Inc. logomacOS  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

macOS is Unix-based desktop operating system, a successor of Mac OS X system for MacBook-family, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro computers, developed and sold by Apple, Inc.

Mac OS X icon

Apple, Inc. logoMac OS X  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

OS X or Mac OS X is Unix-based operating system developed by Apple Inc. for Macintosh computers. It contains basic core applications for everyday use, such as Finder basic file manager, Safari for Internet browsing, QuickTime for video, iTunes for managing audio data and iPod, iOS devices management , iMessage instant messaging, Mail, Contacts, Calendar and many more.

The latest version 10.11 of OS X is called El Capitan. It is available to purchase on Mac App Store as well as is distributed with new Mac computers and notebooks. It includes features to improve the security, performance, design and usability.

OS X operating system was replaced by new macOS in 2016!

Help how to open:

Although you can possibly view this file using any text editor, there is really no reason to do it, especially if you do not know what are you doing.

How to convert:

This file type is not meant to be converted to anything else.

File identification strings:

HEX code: 00 00 00 01 42 75 64 31 00 00
ASCII code: Bud1

List of software applications associated to the .ds_store file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open ds_store file, edit ds_store file, convert ds_store file, view ds_store file, play ds_store file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting ds_store files.

Programs that can create ds_store file - macOS folder information

Programs supporting the exension ds_store on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about Apple Finder for create ds_store file action.

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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