How to open DS_STORE files

Did your computer fail to open a DS_STORE file? We explain what DS_STORE files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your files.

What is a DS_STORE file?

DS_STORE files are Mac OS X folder information files, which you can read more about below.

The DS_STORE file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a DS_STORE opener may not be able to open all kinds of DS_STORE files. In this case, though, we only know of one specific use.

Mac OS X folder information

DS_STORE files are used by the Macintosh OSX operating system. These files contain the viewing preference information, which controls how the Mac OSX operating system opens a user's folders and how the folders appear.

The preferences stored by the DS_STORE files may include information like the size of the folder window and the position of the folder window when it is open on the computer desktop. DS_STORE files are normally hidden and invisible to the user.

If a user happens to delete their DS_STORE file, the desktop folders' appearance will revert to the default preferences.

If you find this type of file on a Windows PC, it is likely because you have unzipped an archive file created on a Mac computer. You can safely ignore the file.

We have not verified any programs yet that works with this specific format. If you know any, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

DS_STORE file openers, viewers, etc.

These apps are known to open certain types of DS_STORE files. Remember, different programs may use DS_STORE files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
Power2GoPower2GoUser submitted
Corel Graphics ApplicationsCorel Graphics ApplicationsUser submitted
We have not verified any programs that we know for certain can work with DS_STORE-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with DS_STORE-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!