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A Quick Little Script to Force Disable Certain LaunchDaemons in macOS
#!/bin/bash
# I have managed to map out some undesirable daemons and agents. Most of these
# can be disabled without too much consequence.
## Daemons
# com.apple.analyticsd - Anonymized application analytics daemon
# com.apple.appleseed.fbahelperd - Feedback Assistant Helper Daemon
# com.apple.awacsd - Apple Wide Area Connectivity Service Daemon
# com.apple.backupd - Apple TimeMachine service
# com.apple.backupd-helper - Apple TimeMachine service
# com.apple.biokitaggdd - Apple Biometrics
# com.apple.biometrickitd - Apple Biometrics
# com.apple.dprivacyd - Data gatherer called Differential Privacy that forwards anonymized information to Apple
# com.apple.duetknowledged - Some kind of analytics or siri thing?
# com.apple.findmymac - Apple Find My Device service
# com.apple.findmymacmessenger - Apple Find My Device service
# com.apple.GameController.gamecontrollerd - Gamepad daemon service
# com.apple.icloud.findmydeviced - Apple Find My Device service
# com.apple.ifdreader - Service to read smart cards
# com.apple.locationd - Apple location services
# com.apple.ManagedClient.cloudconfigurationd - Mobile Device Management
# com.apple.ManagedClient.enroll - Mobile Device Management
# com.apple.ManagedClient - Mobile Device Management
# com.apple.ManagedClient.startup - Mobile Device Management
# com.apple.mdmclient.daemon - Mobile Device Management Client daemon
# com.apple.mdmclient.daemon.runatboot - Mobile Device Management Client daemon
# com.apple.nfcd - Near Field Communication Daemon
# com.apple.remotemanagementd - Mobile Device Management
# com.apple.remotepairtool - Daemon for pairing ir remotes
# com.apple.ReportCrash.Root - Send Crash Reports to Apple
# com.apple.SubmitDiagInfo - Diagnostic Reports submission dialog
## Agents
# com.apple.AirPortBaseStationAgent - Auto manages AirPort network devices
# com.apple.AOSPushRelay - Push notification relay service
# com.apple.ap.adservicesd - Guessing public access point ad feeds agent?
# com.apple.appleseed.seedusaged - Feedback Assistant agent
# com.apple.appleseed.seedusaged.postinstall - I think this is the "Get to know macOS" popup
# com.apple.assistantd - Siri assistance daemon
# com.apple.assistant_service - Siri assistance service
# com.apple.bluetooth.PacketLogger - Points ot a missing Apple internal tool
# com.apple.cloudd - iCloud
# com.apple.cloudpaird - iCloud pairing
# com.apple.cloudphotosd - iCloud photos synching
# com.apple.DictationIM - Audio dictation for iMessage
# com.apple.findmymacmessenger - Apple Find My Device service
# com.apple.followupd - Apple Find My Friends service
# com.apple.FollowUpUI - Apple Find My Friends service
# com.apple.gamed - Apple Game Center daemon
# com.apple.homed - Apple HomePod integration agent
# com.apple.icloud.findmydeviced.findmydevice-user-agent - Apple Find My Device service
# com.apple.icloud.fmfd - Apple Find My Friends service
# com.apple.java.InstallOnDemand - Java Installation agent
# com.apple.knowledge-agent - Siri local knowledge database
# com.apple.lateragent - "Remind Me Later" update nag
# com.apple.ManagedClientAgent.agent - Mobile Device Management
# com.apple.ManagedClientAgent.enrollagent - Mobile Device Management
# com.apple.Maps.pushdaemon - Map data fetching and pushing
# com.apple.mdmclient.agent - Mobile Device Management Client agent
# com.apple.mediaremoteagent - Apple ir receiver agent
# com.apple.parentalcontrols.check - Parental controls enforcement check
# com.apple.parsecd - Spotlight Suggestions agent
# com.apple.parsec-fbf - Spotlight Suggestions agent
# com.apple.passd - The Apple Pay and Wallet daemon
# com.apple.photoanalysisd - iCloud photo optimization service
# com.apple.ReportCrash - Apple Remote Crash Reporter service
# com.apple.security.keychain-circle-notification - iCloud Keychain sync
# com.apple.sharingd - Social media sharing daemon
# com.apple.Siri.agent - Siri
# com.apple.siriknowledged - Siri
# com.apple.SocialPushAgent - Social media updates agent
# com.apple.softwareupdate_notify_agent - Apple Software Updates notifications
# com.apple.SoftwareUpdateNotificationManager - Apple Software Updates notifications
# com.apple.suggestd - Siri suggestions
# com.apple.ReportCrash - Send Crash Reports to Apple
# Daemons to disable
daemons=('com.apple.analyticsd' 'com.apple.appleseed.fbahelperd' 'com.apple.awacsd' 'com.apple.backupd' 'com.apple.backupd-helper' 'com.apple.biokitaggdd' 'com.apple.biometrickitd' 'com.apple.dprivacyd' 'com.apple.findmymac' 'com.apple.findmymacmessenger' 'com.apple.icloud.findmydeviced' 'com.apple.ifdreader' 'com.apple.locationd' 'com.apple.ManagedClient.cloudconfigurationd' 'com.apple.ManagedClient.enroll' 'com.apple.ManagedClient' 'com.apple.ManagedClient.startup' 'com.apple.mdmclient.daemon' 'com.apple.mdmclient.daemon.runatboot' 'com.apple.nfcd' 'com.apple.remotemanagementd' 'com.apple.remotepairtool' 'com.apple.ReportCrash.Root' 'com.apple.SubmitDiagInfo')
# Agents to disable
agents=('com.apple.AirPortBaseStationAgent' 'com.apple.AOSPushRelay' 'com.apple.ap.adservicesd' 'com.apple.appleseed.seedusaged' 'com.apple.appleseed.seedusaged.postinstall' 'com.apple.assistantd' 'com.apple.assistant_service' 'com.apple.bluetooth.PacketLogger' 'com.apple.cloudd' 'com.apple.cloudpaird' 'com.apple.cloudphotosd' 'com.apple.DictationIM' 'com.apple.findmymacmessenger' 'com.apple.followupd' 'com.apple.FollowUpUI' 'com.apple.gamed' 'com.apple.homed' 'com.apple.icloud.findmydeviced.findmydevice-user-agent' 'com.apple.icloud.fmfd' 'com.apple.java.InstallOnDemand' 'com.apple.knowledge-agent' 'com.apple.lateragent' 'com.apple.ManagedClientAgent.agent' 'com.apple.ManagedClientAgent.enrollagent' 'com.apple.mdmclient.agent' 'com.apple.mediaremoteagent' 'com.apple.parentalcontrols.check' 'com.apple.parsecd' 'com.apple.parsec-fbf' 'com.apple.passd' 'com.apple.photoanalysisd' 'com.apple.ReportCrash' 'com.apple.security.keychain-circle-notification' 'com.apple.sharingd' 'com.apple.Siri.agent' 'com.apple.siriknowledged' 'com.apple.SocialPushAgent' 'com.apple.softwareupdate_notify_agent' 'com.apple.SoftwareUpdateNotificationManager' 'com.apple.suggestd' 'com.apple.ReportCrash' )
# Process array of daemons (leigon)
for daemon in "${daemons[@]}"; do
{
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Add Disabled bool true" /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/${daemon}.plist
launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/${daemon}.plist
} &> /dev/null
# If the disabled flag is set, print success message
daemon_flag=$(/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Print Disabled" /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/${daemon}.plist 2> /dev/null)
if [[ ${daemon_flag} == 'true' ]]; then
echo "[SUCCESS] Disabled ${daemon}"
else
echo "[ERROR] Failed to disable ${daemon}"
fi
done
# For each daemon in the above arrays, add a Disabled key set to true to each
# daemon plist. Next, unload each daemon. As an unnecessary added measure,
# specify a (deprecated) permanent write to the launchctl cache.
#
# The script also reads back the Disabled key's value from the specified daemon
# plist.
#
#TODO: Get rid of super lazy duplicate code block.
# Process array of agents (FBI?)
for agent in "${agents[@]}"; do
{
/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Add Disabled bool true" /System/Library/LaunchAgents/${agent}.plist
launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/${agent}.plist
} &> /dev/null
# If the disabled flag is set, print success message
agent_flag=$(/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Print Disabled" /System/Library/LaunchAgents/${agent}.plist 2> /dev/null)
if [[ ${agent_flag} == 'true' ]]; then
echo "[SUCCESS] Disabled ${agent}"
else
echo "[ERROR] Failed to disable ${agent}"
fi
done
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