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Every time I delete it from the desktop, I get the same file ".DS_store" created after some time. Is there a reason why this happens ? And can I permanently stop it from being created ?

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See the Wikipedia entry on .DS_Store which explains what the file does. In short, Finder writes one in each folder to track icon locations, sized and the last window position / sort / size so you see a folder the way it was next time you open it. Desktop is always visible, hence the constant recreation of this file by the Finder. –  Alex Oct 6 '12 at 14:02
Have you ruled out disk corruption by booting to the recovery HD and running a disk repair operation? I would also get a good backup before poking at it in any way in case it's a sign of pending disk subsystem failure. Not likely, but why risk it if you don't have regular backups. –  bmike Oct 6 '12 at 14:04
@Alex so theres no way to hide that particular file type ?? –  Render Oct 6 '12 at 15:37
@bmike my laptop is about 2 months old, I really hope its not a pending disk subsystem failure already !!! –  Render Oct 6 '12 at 15:37
@Fendi I haven’t found one. However, if you need to see them, you can either use this widget or just fire Terminal and use ls -la in the respective folder. –  Alex Oct 6 '12 at 16:17

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Type this in Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

The first command sets the hidden files visibility to hidden; the second one forces Finder to restart. This is needed for the first command to take effect.

You can also log out/reboot instead of killing the Finder, but the first command is needed to change a hidden preference (one that the Finder can’t change using the normal Finder view options or preferences).

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Would like an explanation please –  Render Oct 6 '12 at 13:37
The answerer is guessing that your finder somehow was set to show hidden files. It is the most logical explanation for why a file that normally is hidden by Finder would show, but you would also expect to see .DS_Store files everywhere if this were the case. –  bmike Oct 6 '12 at 14:02
@Fendi The first command sets the hidden files visibility to hidden; the second one forces Finder to restart, action that is needed in order to make it take in consideration the previous command. –  Alex Oct 6 '12 at 14:07
Guess the only way to do it is to hide the hidden files or live with it .. –  Render Oct 6 '12 at 15:42
Just to keep this thread up to date, it's no longer necessary to kill the Finder to show/hide dot files. I'll post a new answer with a simple Applescript. –  Tetsujin Jan 11 at 10:39

There's a way to hide all "dot" files from Desktop with 3rd party app called XtraFinder.

Go to Settings → Features tab → Hide dot files on Desktop

Screenshot of XtraFinder

Though I still didn't manage to hide all .DS_Store files and keep all other dot files visible, this is a pleasant improvement.

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Most developers want dot files to show, so the first answer (which has also been marked accepted) isn't helpful. The initial question is about hiding the dot files on the desktop and this answer solves this problem - thank you @micer +1 –  alexkb Jun 23 at 9:35
@alexkb I use tinkerTool for showing system files, but also tried adding XtraFinder to hide the .DS_Store file from desktop (and other hidden files which, on desktop, I don't want) - this way you can still have dot files displayed, just not on desktop. –  kontur Aug 18 at 9:37

.DS_Store is used by OS X to store directory information used by Finder such as icon position, etc.

In OS X any file name that starts with a "." is hidden, so to hide the .DS_Store file you can use the terminal command:

sudo defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO

Basically, you can ignore it. If you are copying a directory to a flash drive and looking at it in Windows, feel free to just delete it. It is Mac OS X Finder that creates this file whenever it opens a new directory.

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+1 for the explanation. –  CutRateGamer Nov 24 '14 at 14:11

Just to keep this thread up to date, it's no longer necessary to kill the Finder to show/hide dot files.

This Applescript will do it by refreshing all window contents instead; it's also faster than relaunching the Finder.

set newHiddenVisiblesState to "YES"
    set oldHiddenVisiblesState to do shell script "defaults read AppleShowAllFiles"
    if oldHiddenVisiblesState is in {"1", "YES"} then
        set newHiddenVisiblesState to "NO"
    end if
end try
do shell script "defaults write AppleShowAllFiles " & newHiddenVisiblesState

tell application "Finder"
    set theWindows to every Finder window
    repeat with i from 1 to number of items in theWindows
        set this_item to item i of theWindows
        set theView to current view of this_item
        if theView is list view then
            set current view of this_item to icon view
            set current view of this_item to list view

        end if
        set current view of this_item to theView
    end repeat
end tell

Save as an app & launch to toggle visibility.

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There is an application you can download called Show Hidden It allows you to easily toggle hidden files on and off. The .ds store file is always generated in finder. You can only hide the file through the methods mentioned, or with this handy script.

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Apparently, it was due to an old Safari update that accidentally showed the .DS_Store file.

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