Page 1 of 1

Welcome to the Tweaking4All community forums!
When participating, please keep the Forum Rules in mind!

Topics for particular software or systems: Start your topic link with the name of the application or system.
For example “MacOS X – Your question“, or “MS Word – Your Tip or Trick“.

Please note that switching to another language when reading a post will not bring you to the same post, in Dutch, as there is no translation for that post!

Extended Attributes...
Clear all

Extended Attributes - What does the "@" symbol mean in macOS file attributes

1 Posts
1 Users
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 10 years ago
Posts: 2554
Topic starter  

Short version: it indicates that there are extended attributes for this file, which are not displayed by default.

You can make them visible with

ls -@l



xattr <filename>


The extended attributes can have several purposes, but for example can hold meta data like that the file was downloaded from a certain website, or that certain access rights are allowed or denied ... etc.

I wouldn't recommend doing so, but you can actually clear/remove all the extended attributes:

xattr -c <filename>


Or remove just one of them:

xattr -d <attribute> <filename>



Like what you see and you'd like to help out? 

The best way to help is of course by assisting others with their questions here in the forum, but you can also help us out in other ways:

- Do your shopping at Amazon, it will not cost you anything extra but may generate a small commission for us,
- send a cup of coffee through PayPal ($5, $10, $20, or custom amount),
- become a Patreon,
- donate BitCoin (BTC), or BitCoinCash (BCH).