Is it normal that there is "invisible" file (because I made all files visible) ".pdf" in my "Downloads" folder?

Everything what I have in my downloads folder is:

170 6 Sep 22:40 .

1088 5 Sep 12:09 ..

24580 6 Sep 22:41 .DS_Store

0 1 Jun 16:06 .localized

145000 11 Jul 15:52 .pdf

Thank you in advance.

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    Have you tried opening it? What does it say?
    – Thilo
    Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 11:57

1 Answer 1


Yes, the downloads folder comes default with a PDF explaining what that folder is there for. But there should be no "invisible" file.

If you'd like to investigate the matter more, fire up Terminal (Applications/Utilities) and type the following commands (or copy paste them). If you are new to the commandline, it is one per line and hit ENTER after each:

cd ~/Downloads
ls -la

The first will navigate to your Downloads folder. The second will list all the files in it, hidden or not.

The following is a print-out of my Downloads folder:

drwx------+  9 cksum  staff     306  6 Sep 08:16 .
drwxr-xr-x+ 25 cksum  staff     850  6 Sep 09:11 ..
-rw-r--r--@  1 cksum  staff   21508  6 Sep 08:16 .DS_Store
-rw-r--r--   1 cksum  staff       0  3 Aug 13:25 .localized
-rw-r--r--@  1 cksum  staff  130035  3 Sep 19:37 1297608696_001.jpg
-rw-r--r--@  1 cksum  staff  157957  3 Sep 21:55 Radioactive_Man_Number_One_v_1024.jpg
-rw-r--r--@  1 cksum  staff   87189  5 Sep 19:51 Screen Shot 2011-09-05 at 7.51.40 PM.png

The "d" in front of all those other letters (rw-r--r, etc.) denotes a directory (or a folder). If there is none, that means it's a file (or a document of some kind). You can see the size of the file/folder in the column after "staff" (this is the group you belong too). And lastly, the date the file was created and the file name.

There are no relevant or important system files that are placed in Downloads. This is simply files the user downloads. I can't speak why it's there, but I can assure you that deleting it will not cause any harm to your system.

  • No, I mean there is invisible file called just ".pdf"
    – Arthur
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 19:30
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    It's likely a remnant from OS X. Safe to delete.
    – user10355
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 19:31
  • Is it like "Adobe's" remnant?
    – Arthur
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 19:34
  • I've modified my answer so you can further investigate the matter. See above.
    – user10355
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 19:39
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    I fleshed out my answer a little more to better help you Arthur. I'd say delete it. Nothing is every placed in there that is critical to your system or used by any program. And if something does need it, it will recreate it (although I doubt it's there to serve an ongoing purpose).
    – user10355
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 19:48

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