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 7.2.0

New Option: Keep custom icons and resources.
Updated for macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Ratings and Reviews

pegasus1787 ,

Very Handy to Transfer Files to Samsung TVs Using USB SSDs

These days, you can view your home videos and photos on Smart TVs using USB drives. The only thing is the Smart TV only supports non-Mac file format, such as ExFAT. When you transfer your video and photo files from your Mac to the ExFAT drive, the MacOS will write all kinds of resource files to the non-Mac USB drive as well. These resource files are not readible by the Smart TV. The files just mess up your Smart TV directory and interfere with displaying the video and photo contents. I have two 500GB SSD drives with thousands of files, all associated with their own Mac resource files. BlueHarvest cleaned the two disks up in seconds, very straight forward. The documentation is there if you need it but the process is quite straight forward. Well worth the price.

CSchuer ,

Works great for Micca video player at Trade Shows

I bought a Micca media player to loop video in our trade show exhibit. It’s a great little device, but problems arose when I tried to load .MP4 videos from my Mac to a USB and play them.. Errors from the erroneous files that OS X places in the background came up immediately. After trying for hours to fix the issue myself, I broke down and purchsed BlueHarvest. Worked like a charm to clear out the files and the Micca plays as expected again!

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.


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OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor


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