FolderWasher 1.13
FolderWasher

For a given folder, FolderWasher deletes all files whose name begin with period like ".DS_Store" files created by Mac OS X. When copying folders from Mac OS X to Windows, these files become visible... and annoying - see below notes about .DS_Store.
In addition, FolderWasher offer the ability to zip compress folders in order to prevent the creation of deleted invisible files.
FolderWasher runs with any OS X intel-based Macintosh, Windows 7 to 10 on PC.



Main features

Deletes all files whose name begin with period of a given folder

Ability to Zip compress the washed folder

Ability to delete 'Thumb.db' files on Macintosh

Ability to create on the fly a list of files that should not be deleted, like ".htaccess" files

Very easy to use with its friendly interface

Distributed as donationware



main interface Just drop folder onto FolderWasher's icon, or onto FolderWasher's main window if it is already opened.


washing options You can create on the fly a list of files that should not be deleted, like '.htaccess' files for example.

You can also directly Zip compress the washed folder.


Donationware
FolderWasher is donationware, which means it is free to use forever. Its functionalities are not limited and does not contain advertising, spyware or time trials. Anyone is free to use it without restrictions and is encouraged to donate the amount he thinks is fair based on the usefulness of the programs and his possibilities.

If you wish to contribute to the development of iXoft programs and help to keep FolderWasher free, you can do it with a donation of any amount.

Click the 'Donate' button to make a donation in the currency you prefer, using PayPal secure payment system (no registration required, it accepts the main credit cards or fund transfers if you already have a PayPal account).


Free download
FolderWasher is distributed as donationware - see below - so it can be used for free but can not be sold.

Folder Washer
Older versions can be found here.


Requirements

Any intel-based Macintosh with OS X or PC with Windows Vista, Seven or 10.

Please note that Windows version of FolderWasher is not supported. Though, it has been successfully tested and works correctly.



Disclaimer
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.


Notes about .DS_Stores files
.DS_Stores are hidden files are created by the Mac OS X Finder to keep track of folders view options, icon positions, and other visual informations about folders. A separate .DS_Store file is created in each directory to store information about that directory, so you'll find them appearing all over the directory tree, in pretty much every folder you've visited with the OS X Finder.

When a new directory is accessed using the OS X Finder, a .DS_Store file will be created in that directory. Once the directory is viewed using the Finder a hidden .DS_Store file will be permanently created in that directory. Currently, the option to create a .DS_Store file can not be disabled in OS X settings.

So having hidden .DS_Store file is completely normal but when copying folders from Mac OS X to Windows, these files become visible and annoying. Furthermore, users should be concerned about .DS_Store files being uploaded to the web servers. Since .DS_Store files contain some vital folder information they can be exploited to obtain information about system configurations.

Caution: FolderWasher can delete ALL files beginning with a period (except the ones listed bu user in the built-in Exceptions List. Be aware that some special system files, located in System and Library folders (and subfolders) must not be deleted!
So, be sure not to wash these special folders.


Version history
1.13 2017.07.18 Minor cosmetic bugs fixed.
1.12 2017.06.06 Minor bugs fixed.
Automatic update checking every 2 months.
1.11 2017.05.20 Cosmetic Windows bugs fixed.
1.10 2017.05.15 Faster processes (washing and compression)
Washing and compression are low logged.
Ability to manually choose a folder added.
Bug when dropping folder with accented chars fixed.
Other minor bugs fixed.
Recompiled with new engine.
1.01 2011.08.19 User options are now stored in special folder (depending on the user's OS).
Distributed as donationware.
1.00 2010.09.04 Minor bugs fixed.
Folder drop on FolderWasher's icon fixed (Macintosh only).
'Check for update' added.
Recompiled with new engine.
0.90b 2009.03.05 First public release.