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 works with ds_store file extension

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DS_STORE file extension - macOS (OS X) 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

The ds_store file extension 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 ds_store file type:

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.

macOS High Sierra (10.13) is including various new features, like digital personal assistant called Siri, new Apple Pay service, iCloud drive, new Messages app, Apple File System a successor of HFS+ and many more.

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 DS_STORE files:

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 file with extension DS_STORE:

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 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 ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting ds_store files.

  • Create ds_store file
  • Settings ds_store file

Programs that can create ds_store file - macOS (OS X) folder information

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for create ds_store file action.

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with ds_store file by default:
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Mac OS X small icon Mac OS X

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