Files with SHADOWINDEXCOMPACTDIRECTORY extension might be found as generated by SpotLight on Mac computers.

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SHADOWINDEXCOMPACTDIRECTORY file extension - Mac OS X Spotlight file

What is shadowIndexCompactDirectory file? How to open shadowIndexCompactDirectory files?

File type specification:

Temporary file type icon Temporary file type

The SHADOWINDEXCOMPACTDIRECTORY file extension is related to Spotlight, an indexing process of Mac OS X.

Whenever an USB flash disk is plugged to a Mac computer, Spotlights creates two hidden folders .trashes and .spotlight-V100 on it.

A *.shadowIndexCompactDirectory file is created inside the *.spotlight-V100 folder.  These files are most likely used only for indexing purposes.


This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

How to convert file with extension SHADOWINDEXCOMPACTDIRECTORY:

As far as we know, this .shadowIndexCompactDirectory file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .shadowIndexCompactDirectory 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 shadowIndexCompactDirectory file, edit shadowIndexCompactDirectory file, convert shadowIndexCompactDirectory file, view shadowIndexCompactDirectory file, play shadowIndexCompactDirectory file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

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Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with shadowIndexCompactDirectory file - Mac OS X Spotlight file

Click on the software link for more information about Mac OS X. Mac OS X uses shadowIndexCompactDirectory file type for its internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open file actions (eg. to install/execute/support an application itself, to store application or user data, configure program etc.).

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