DS_STORE File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DS_STORE file?

A .DS_STORE file is a Mac OS X folder information file. 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.

How to open DS_STORE files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DS_STORE for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different DS_STORE openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension DS_STORE

While we know of one file format using the .DS_STORE file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DS_STORE file.

Various viewers for this file format

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 software that we know for certain will work with DS_STORE-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DS_STORE-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!