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I'm asking for a way to create a zip without the .DS_Store or __MACOSX for less sophisticated Apple computer users who have to coexist with Windows users who cannot accept a zip with the .DS_Store and __MACOSX.

I've discovered these are called Mac resource forks.

Like I said, for less sophisticated Apple users, so no command line codes please.

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    – Tetsujin
    Dec 4, 2017 at 17:04
  • @Tetsujin I think thats an up-votable answer not a comment Dec 4, 2017 at 17:06
  • I wasn't sure about posting a recommendation to a 25 buck zip application as an answer... but if you like the idea, i can do that.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 4, 2017 at 17:10
  • @Tetsujin after looking at the price tag I have to agree with you. It's better suited as a comment. Dec 4, 2017 at 18:15

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Without having to use terminal, you could try Folderwasher, which is an app that creats a zip without the .DS_store file. You can drop the folder onto the application and it compresses it.

Alternatively, you could try Keka, which also has an option to exclude the .DS_store file. Open Keka, click on zip, and check Exclude Mac OS X resource forks and drop what you want to compress on the Keka window.

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    I wish I could give you +2 for Folderwasher and Keka. A simple solution to deleting all the unwanted period folders we have in Windows now. Keka confirmed working Dec 4, 2017 at 18:17

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