BlueHarvest 7

The most powerful way to keep your disks clean of macOS metadata.

Last release for 10.9 Mavericks Version 6.4.2
Last release for 10.8 Mountain Lion Version 6.2.2

Version 7.2.1 (20-Jan-2020)

  • Updated download URL for updates (non App Store only).
  • This update needs to be manually downloaded and installed. Please Quit your old version before installing. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Version 7.2.0 (9-Oct-2019)

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

Version 7.1.2 (30-Oct-2018)

  • Fixed a bug affecting deletion of custom blacklist items.

Version 7.1.1 (15-Oct-2018)

  • Added back the ability to remove Spotlight folders under 10.14:
  • Grant BlueHarvest "Full Disk Access" under System Preferences -> Security and Privacy -> Privacy -> Full Disk Access to allow Spotlight folders to be deleted.
  • Better dark mode support.

Version 7.1.0 (24-Sep-2018)

  • Built for 10.14 Mojave.
  • Added support for the enhanced security features of 10.14.
  • Added warning that .Spotlight cannot be removed under 10.14 due to SIP.
  • Hides .Spotlight folder from UI under 10.14.
  • Support for 10.14 Dark Mode.

Version 7.0.7 (26-July-2018)

  • Feature: Added "Close Progress Window" to scheduled cleaning options.

Version 7.0.6 (2-July-2018)

  • Fixed a bug where the "Ask to clean" prompt could be shown repeatedly for the same disk.

Version 7.0.5 (19-June-2018)

  • Fixed a bug where BlueHarvest would ask for access to the boot disk too often (App Store version only).
  • Fixed a bug where preference changes sometimes weren't saved.
  • Fixed a bug where blacklist items wouldn't be added to new disks.

Version 7.0.4 (5-April-2018)

  • Fixed a bug where files including some extended characters in their names couldn't be deleted.

Version 7.0.3 (20-Mar-2018)

  • Fixed a bug which could cause BlueHarvest to unexpectedly quit.

Version 7.0.2 (7-Feb-2018)

  • Fix a bug with NFS servers.
  • Fixed a possible crash on startup.
  • Minor UI fixes.

Version 7.0.0/1 (25-Jan-2018)
BlueHarvest 7 is a free upgrade for v6 users. Simply re-enter your serial number if requested.

  • Requires macOS 10.10 or later.
  • Fixes an issue which stops more than one folder being added.
  • Added support for removing "Icon?" (Custom Icon) and "" files.
  • .AppleDouble folders can now be removed from any disk.
  • Scheduled cleaning can now be configured to clean everyday, weekdays or weekends.
  • Drag files to the "Items to delete" list to add blacklist items.
  • Individual blacklist items now be enabled/disabled in "Clean" -> "Items to delete"
  • New "Examine" feature can preview items which can be found and deleted (BlueHarvest menu -> Examine...).
  • Built-in Log viewer (BlueHarvest menu -> Preferences -> Cog -> Show Log).
  • Multiple folders/disks can now be cleaned simultaneously.
  • Remove metadata (extended attributes) from Mac folders (shift-clean).

Version 6.4.2 (19-Jun-2017) download

  • Last release for 10.9

  • APFS disks are now treated the same as HFS disks. This is to properly support macOS High Sierra. Recommended update for all users.

Version 6.4.1 (13-May-2017)

  • Fixed a bug which caused BlueHarvest to repeatedly ask for registration information under 10.12 Sierra (non App Store version only).

Version 6.4.0 (6-Dec-2016)

  • Added folders are now cleaned during schedulded cleaning.
  • Added folders which can nolonger be correctly identified are showed with an 'X' in the icon.

Version 6.3.10 (26-Sep-2016)

  • Fixed a bug which caused BlueHarvest to repeatedly ask for registration information under macOS 10.12 Sierra (non App Store version only).

Version 6.3.9 (28-Jul-2016)

  • Fixed a bug which may cause BlueHarvest to unexpectedly quit when in the background.

Version 6.3.8 (6-Jun-2016)

  • Added support for removing "@eaDir" folders.
  • Changed AppleScript support: Now simply send an 'open' command to have BlueHarvest clean a folder and it's sub folders.

Version 6.3.7 (12-Apr-2016)

  • Added support for removing $RECYCLE.BIN folders (created by Windows).
  • ".AppleDouble" folders are now removed from disks (not just smb shares).
  • Supports Avid ISIS and Avid NEXIS network disks.

Version 6.3.6 (10-Feb-2016)

  • Updated to latest Sparkle framework (non App Store release only).

Version 6.3.5 (25-Jan-2016)

  • Improved support for deleting .Folders on some disks.

Version 6.3.4 (9-Jan-2016)

  • Logging of deletions can be disabled (Advanced -> Diagnostics).
  • Minor UI improvements.

Version 6.3.3 (17-Nov-2015)

  • No-longer skips hidden folders on SMB disks if manually cleaning.
  • In settings, .AppleDouble is hidden for non SMB disks.
  • In settings, fixed a bug where disk icons weren't updated when disk were mounted/unmounted.
  • Other minor UI enhancements.

Version 6.3.2 (13-Oct-2015)

  • Fixed a bug where the preferences window would show on every launch.
  • Fixed a bug where the Non Mac Disks and Network Disks preferences could sometimes be lost.

Version 6.3.1 (9-Oct-2015)

  • Fixed a problem on some Macs running 10.11 with the BlueHarvest Helper tool install.

Version 6.3.0 (6-Oct-2015)

  • Requires 10.9 Mavericks or later.

  • .AppleDouble folders can now be deleted from servers when connected via SMB.
  • Disks can now be dragged to the disks list.
  • Blacklist now works for folders.
  • "Clean" buttons added to each disk in the BlueHarvest menu.
  • Improved support for cleaning zip files not created by the Finder.
  • Support for OSX 10.11 El Capitan.

Version 6.2.2 (20-Aug-2015) download

  • Last release for 10.8 Mountain Lion.

  • Blacklist items can now be deleted from HFS disks.

Version 6.2.1 (17-Jun-2015)

  • "Orphaned" ._ files on Mac Extended disks will now be deleted during manual or scheduled cleaning.

Version 6.2.0 (12-May-2015)

  • Now supports device specific blacklists (English only).
  • Dragging a folder or disk onto BlueHarvest now cleans the item.
  • Statistics are now shown for the startup disk.
  • Improved performance when cleaning large disks manually.
  • More reliable .folder deletion in some situations.
  • Minor UI improvments.

Version 6.1.5 (22-Jan-2015)

  • .apdisk files can now be deleted from NTFS disks.
  • Authenticated deletion of .folders (re)enabled.

Version 6.1.3 (17-Nov-2014)

  • firmwaresyncd disks are now ignored.

Version 6.1.2 (4-Nov-2014)

  • Translation and UI bug fixes.

Version 6.1.1 (29-Oct-2014)

  • Fixed a bug in the French language translation which could cause the application to crash.
  • Fixed a bug which could cause the menu bar icon to reappear when hidden.

Version 6.1.0 (Non App Store release) (27-Oct-2014)
Requires a BlueHarvest v6 serial number.

  • Requires OS X 10.8 or later.

  • Added scheduled cleaning feature. For disks & servers your sharing with non BlueHarvest users.
  • Added ability to keep ._ file for files with Finder tags.
  • No more "unknown file system" errors - capabilities of file systems are automatically detected.
  • Cleaning Avid file systems is now supported.
  • “.apdisk” files are now removed by default (for new installs).
  • Blacklist feature now works on all disk types.
  • Minimum blacklist file name length removed.
  • BlueHarvest now ignores invisible disks.
  • Now supports deleting desktop.ini files.
  • Added “Only Clean Manually" option.
  • UI improvements and optimizations.

To upgrade from v5: Open BlueHarvest v5, click "Turn Off". Close the BlueHarvest window. Drag BlueHarvest v6 from the disk image to your Applications folder.

Version 5.5.9 (14-Mar-2014) download

  • Last release for 10.7 Lion.

  • Minor UI improvements.

Version 5.5.7 (24-Oct-2013)

  • Fixes a problem where the discrete graphics card in some MacBook Pros was unnecessarily activated under 10.9 Mavericks.

Version 5.5.6 (9-Sep-2013)

  • Detailed progress information is now shown when cleaning zip files.
  • Fix a bug where some volumes mounted in root weren't cleaned.

Version 5.5.5 (26-Aug-2013)

  • Fixed a problem where some disks weren't asked to be cleaned.

Version 5.5.4 (30-Jul-2013)

  • Added support for Livedrive Briefcase.
  • Performance optimizations to reduce disk activity.

Version 5.5.3 (17-Jun-2013)

  • Now runs under OS X 10.9 Mavericks and later.

Version 5.5.2 (30-May-2013)

  • Added Retina display menu bar icon.
  • Improved localizations.

Version 5.5.1 (23-May-2013)

  • Fixed a bug where a disk may not be cleaned if its name included certain character strings.
  • Fixed link to purchasing URL.

Version 5.5.0 (13-May-2013)

  • Requires OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

  • Now packaged as an app.
  • Added blacklist function for deleting arbitrary files.
  • Optional menu bar icon.
  • Sparkle is now used for in-place updates.
  • Localizations for Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Note when updating: You do NOT need to uninstall your earlier version of BlueHarvest when updating. The new version will remove the old one.

Version 5.2.0 (7-Aug-2012) download

  • Last release for 10.6 Snow Leopard.

  • Added ability to keep ._ file for apps with Gatekeeper security data.
  • Added ability to keep ._ file for aliases.
  • Added support for fuse4x file systems.
  • More responsive “Stop” button when used on Network shares.
  • Removed iDisk support.

Version 5.1.0 (16-Apr-2012)

  • Added “Always keep color labels” option.
  • (When enabled, ._ files will be kept for documents with a color label.)
  • Added support for 10.8 Mountain Lion/Gatekeeper.

Version 5.0.4 (25-Nov-2011)

  • BlueHarvest no-longer displays a “Application was downloaded from the internet” warning every-time it is opened.

Version 5.0.3 (3-Nov-2011)

  • Added support for Paragon ExtFS.
  • Added support for OSXFUSE file systems.

Version 5.0.2 (19-Sep-2011)

  • Added German translation.

Version 5.0.1 (5-Sep-2011)

  • Fixed UI bug in preference panel.

Version 5.0.0 (1-Sep-2011)

  • Requires a 2007 or later Intel Mac (64-bit) running 10.7 Lion or 10.6 Snow Leopard.

  • Full support for 10.7 Lion.
  • Can now be configured to “Ask” how each disk mounted should be handled.
  • Improved progress window when manually cleaning.
  • Supports Parallels under Lion.
  • Unified UI. No more simple/advanced settings.

BlueHarvest v5 is a free upgrade for all registered v4 users. Simply re-enter your serial number if requested.

Version 4.0.7 (19-April-2011) download

  • Last release for 10.5 Leopard and 32-bit Intel Macs.

  • Preliminary support for 10.7 Lion. Support will be finalised after the public release of Lion.
  • Fix for French translation.

Version 4.0.6 (10-Feb-2011)

  • Now automatically cleans disks as they are ejected.
  • Ignores Mercurial source control repositories (“.hg” directories).
  • Ignores iDisk volumes mounted over https.
  • Workarounds issue when saving documents with Microsoft Word.

Version 4.0.5 (18-Nov-2010)

  • Added support for cleaning ExFAT volumes.
  • Fixed a bug in zip archive cleaning.

Version 4.0.4 (8-Sep-2010)

  • Improved support for NTFS under 10.6 Snow Leopard.
  • Minor UI fixes.
  • Updated German translations.

Version 4.0.3 (29-Jun-2010)

  • Added support for cleaning tar gzip archives.
  • .Folders can now be deleted from servers (non-AFP only).
  • Now displays the number of items deleted when manually cleaning.

Version 4.0.2 (20-May-2010)

  • Added support for volumes mounted via Thursby DAVE and Tuxera NTFS for Mac.

Version 4.0.1 (16-Feb-2010)

  • Re-added support for removing “Thumbs.db”.
  • “Folders to delete” group is now dimmed for servers.
  • Better support for adding/removing services & contextual menus on some Macs.

Version 4.0.0 (16-Dec-2009)

  • New streamlined interface for advanced settings.
  • Per-volume configurations.
  • Option-clean to clean and eject a volume.
  • Whitelist support for MacOS type codes & file extensions.

Version 3.0.5 (17-Nov-2009) download

  • Fixed a bug when deleting files on AFP servers. Recommended update for all users.

Version 3.0.3 (9-Nov-2009)

  • BlueHarvest now only asks for authentication in response to manually cleaning (using the contextual menu).

Version 3.0.2 (23-Oct-2009)

  • Improved support for Paragon NTFS.
  • Improved support for Non OS X based AFP servers.

Version 3.0.1 (16-Sep-2009)

  • Updated Translations

Version 3.0.0 (27-Aug-2009) (Requires Intel / 10.5 or later.)

  • Support for MacOS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Now runs as 64-bit on capable Intel Macs

Version 2.0.6 (29-May-2009) download

  • Last release for PowerPC / Tiger 10.4

  • Fixed a bug in “Treat UNIX invisible files as resources” option
  • Now ignores Apple iDisk volumes
  • Clicking “Cancel” in Authentication dialog now works
  • Added Simplified Chineese
  • Minor UI cleanup

Version 2.0.5 (3-Mar-2009)

  • Contextual menu can now be used in PathFinder
  • Now ignores ExpanDrive volumes

Version 2.0.4 (18-Aug-2008)

  • Fixed a bug where cleaning Zip files could report an error when the cleaning had been successful.

Version 2.0.3 (1-Jul-2008)

  • Added “Allow disks to have custom icons” option.

Version 2.0.2 (21-Apr-2008)

  • Fixed a bug in whitelist processing.
  • Fixed a bug where “Automatically check for updates” couldn’t be disabled.
  • Added French, Japanese and Polish support.

Version 2.0.1 (15-Feb-2008)

  • Authentication dialog now appears much less frequently
  • Fixed a bug where the remove button in the extras panel wouldn’t enable
  • Basic AppleEvent/AppleScript support (see the FAQ).

Version 2.0 (26-Oct-2007)

  • Simple & Advanced setups
  • Finder contextual menu for fast and convenient cleaning
  • Support for MacFUSE file systems (including sshfs)
  • Zip archive cleaning
  • Whitelist support
  • Optimized for 10.5 Leopard

Version 1.1 (23-May-2006)

  • BlueHarvest is now a Universal Binary, fully supporting Intel and PowerPC based Macs.
  • Fix a bug where the preferences panel could hang when editing resource fork settings (thanks Jonathan).

Version 1.0.3 (3-May-2006)

  • Fixed a bug where BlueHarvest would unnecessarily and repeatedly ask you to authenticate.

Version 1.0.2 (29-Mar-2006)

  • Added support for NFS file servers.

Version 1.0.1 (23-Feb-2006)

  • Fixed a bug where resource fork files with asian characters in the name were not being deleted.

Version 1.0 (15-Feb-2006)

  • Now compatible with fast user switching.
  • Added support for removing .Trashes and .Spotlight-v100 folders.
  • Added support for removing resource fork (._) files used by any application, not just the Finder.
  • Changed launching of the background helper application to use a login item (like iTunesHelper) so authentication is no-longer needed when installing.

Version 0.8.2 (22-Dec-2005)

  • Updated Japanese translation (from Takeshi Fukui).
  • No other changes.

Version 0.8.1 (20-Dec-2005)

  • Fix memory leak in the “Cleaner” panel.
  • Log text is now cleared when you start cleaning in the “Cleaner” panel.
  • Now correctly handles HFSX/UFS volumes.
  • Added “Non HFS disks” option to DS_Store panel.
  • Added “Any” extension option to Resources.
  • Resources panel now supports comma (,) separated extension strings.
  • Resources panel now includes new default “sets” to ease setup.
  • (via console.log) now shows “BlueHarvest: Deleted XXXX” messages when it deletes a resource fork or DS_Store.
  • Added icon from Tom Murphy (turphdesign). Thanks Tom.
  • Changed license to Shareware.

Version 0.7.3 (1-Dec-2005)

  • Fixed logging in the “Cleaner” function.

Version 0.7.2 (1-Dec-2005)

  • Fixed a bug which caused the “Cleaner” to fail to delete some DS_Store and resource fork files.

Version 0.7.1 (21-Nov-2005)

  • Added Japanese language translation by Takeshi Fukui. Thanks Takeshi.

Version 0.7 (18-Nov-2005)

  • First public release.

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