BlueHarvest keeps your storage devices free of macOS metadata such as ._ files, .DS_Store files, .AppleDouble folders, .Trashes and many many more. It also supports removing Windows metadata including Thumbs.db, Desktop.ini and $RECYCLE.BIN.
BlueHarvest automatically cleans these devices as you work without you needing to do a lift a finger.


Per device configurations.
Scheduled cleaning.
Custom file backlists (with wildcards) for deleting any file or folder you wish.
The ability to retain metadata if the metadata is required for aliases, labels, custom icons, security data or Finder tags.
"Examine" feature for viewing metadata available for deletion.
Removal of macOS extended attributes from files on Mac disks (non automated).
Built-in support for deleting: .DS_Store, ._AppleDouble, .apdisk, .AppleDouble (folders via smb),, .fseventsd, .Spotlight-V100, .TemporaryItems, .VolumeIcon.icns, $Recycle.bin, Desktop.ini, Icon?, Thumbs.db.
Built in log viewer.

Feedback and feature requests encouraged:

What’s New

Version 7.1.2

Fixed a bug affecting deletion of custom blacklist items.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings
B'bba ,

Very useful for studios with Kurzweils

I have a couple Kurzweil synths that require me to use SM cards or XD cards to move files to & from my computer. The Mac OS adds lots of items to the cards that not only aren’t needed, but can occasionally render the card unreadible by my Kurzweil. Blue Harvest allows me to quickly and easily remove those added files before the Kurzweil has to read the card. Works great. The developer is very responsive and professional.

MysticPhil ,

Updated Version is much better

I’m updating my review based on support received and an updated app that performs much better and is much more stable. The app is defintiely useful and convenient now and the developer was very supportive of trying to fix the reported issues.

I-Dizzy ,

Great app for a video producer: Delivery to USB or anything else

I would have issues with creating content for playback (via USB) on digital displays and came to realize it is due to the .ds_store files that macs leave behind when indexing drives of any nature. I was pleased to find this solution and have been using it for several years now. We use it for USBs to corporate clients and others uses as well. Thanks a bunch!


Ross Tulloch
10.2 MB
OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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