Removing .DS_Store Files from Git Repositories

March 27, 2020

If you are a Mac user and also use Git, you might accidentally commit a .DS_Store file. This could leave your Windows colleagues puzzled about the purpose of these files and why you committed them.

Firstly, what is a .DS_Store file? The "DS" stands for Desktop Services, and these files are used by Macs to determine how to display folders when you open them. For example, they contain custom attributes, such as the positions of icons. These files are created and maintained by the Finder application on Macs, and are usually hidden from view.

These .DS_Store files are not useful to Windows users and do not need to be committed to your GitHub repository. To remove any existing .DS_Store files from the repository, run the following command:

    find . -name .DS_Store -print0 | xargs -0 git rm -f --ignore-unmatch

After that, commit the changes to remove those files and push them to the remote repository. To prevent these files from being added again in the future, edit your .gitignore file and add the following line:


This should address any concerns your colleagues may have.

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