In the Download folder, when I do ls, I can find this

El lobo solitario y su cachorro (Kazuo Koike y Goseki Kojima) - Tomo 01.cbr ~$OL 68412 Advanced Clinical Bioinformatics 2022 Timetable.docx
~$007007 annonomised report(1) (1).doc                      ~$tcome Letter to Employee[6].docx
~$Low_Throughput_Panels_Transcripts_v5_DRAFT.xlsm               ~$v Clin Bio Assignments 2021 (2).docx

What ~$ mean? These files are not in the folder when I open it. Mac 12.5.1 (21G83)

  • 1
    It looks to be part of the filename. Try the command ls -il and post the output
    – Allan
    May 20, 2023 at 16:51

1 Answer 1


Those are valid file names. On macOS you should be able to get more information on the file (from where it was downloaded / metadata like modified date and time / alternate names / localized names) in the get info window, using a third party app to show the metadata or the mdls command.

As mentioned in the comments - getting a long listing would help wrap the lines and present one file per line if you are not seeing line wraps in your output (we don't see them correctly in the first version of your question).

ls -li ~/Downloads
mdls ~/Downloads/~$Low_Throughput_Panels_Transcripts_v5_DRAFT.xlsm

My hunch is that they are not named that but that your web browser or another program doing the downloads is naming them, but it could be exactly how they were named before you downloaded and this is just the correct behavior.

Look at the display name, FS name and kMDItemWhereFroms parts of the mdls output for the files if they don't appear as relevant to this answer and your situation.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .