Sometimes Mac users may encounter Error code – 36 when copying files in Finder. After receiving a message with this code, the copying process stops and does not resume. Today we will talk about a couple of simple steps that will save you from Error code – 36.

The full text of the error message is as follows:

The “File Name” can’t be read or written. (Error code - 36).

Read more: What is “Copy Error Code 0” Means in macOS?

How to Fix Macintosh Error Code – 36

The most common problem file that causes an error has the .DS_Store extension, but Error code – 36 may appear in other, more rare situations. This problem is best solved with the help of a terminal and a special command dot_clean:

  • Run the Terminal;
  • At the command prompt, type the following command: dot_clean/Path to the directory to be copied/;
  • After the completion of the command, the folder can again be copied without problems in the Finder;

For example, if you want to copy backups to ~/Documents/FileBackups/, you need to execute the command:

dot_clean ~/Documents/FileBackups/


In very rare situations, for example, when copying files between two computers, an external drive and in other similar situations, Error Code – 36 may appear, despite the command entered. In this case, I recommend that you delete all files with the .DS_Store extension from your Mac.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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