xattr: com.apple.metadata:kMDItemDownloadedDate, the download datestamp

Type: com.apple.metadata
Subtypes: kMDItemDownloadedDate
Serialisation: none
Data type: binary property list with binary content. Contains an NSArray with a single member, an NSDate.
Example: <62706c69 73743030 a1013341 bc3b079b 60ee5b08 0a000000 00000001 01000000 00000000 02000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 13> «bplist00¡ 3A¼; `î[
macOS: Sierra, High Sierra
System use: only found in /Library, and rare there
App use: rare
Document use: more common
Other usage: none

Purpose: contains a date-time stamp showing when the file was downloaded
The date and time are given in binary form, and apparently followed by flags. These are undocumented.

As with all xattrs, this ‘sticky’ information can follow files around for a long time.

Tools: xattred, xattr


Original page: 2017-12-18
Last modified: 2017-12-30