File Extension Library

.DS_STORE File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple
  • Category: Settings Files

What are .DS_STORE files and how to open them?

Can't open .DS_STORE file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .DS_STORE file.

What is a .DS_STORE file extension?

.DS_STORE file extension is created by Apple. .DS_STORE has been classified as Settings Files.

.DS_STORE is Mac OS X Folder Settings File

A DS_STORE file contains viewing preferences for a folder in macOS (Mac OS X). It stores information about the folder's window location, window size, what view option has been selected (icon, list, or column), and the layout of icons in the window.

DS_STORE files are usually invisible, but may become visible when copied over a network, copied to a Windows computer, or restored from a backup. The DS_STORE file can be deleted from within a folder without affecting any of the data inside the folder. If the DS_STORE file is removed, the folder will open using the Finder's default view settings.

NOTE: DS stands for "Desktop Services."

How to fix problems with .DS_STORE files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .DS_STORE files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .DS_STORE file format
  2. You need to check the .DS_STORE file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)