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How to disable Adobe Creative Cloud during startup on the Mac
Whenever any Adobe Creative Cloud application, such as Photoshop, is installed on macOS a number of background processes are created for a seamless experience across their suite of applications. However, if none of these features are required, then you are stuck with some unnecessary “bloatware”. We will in this quick guide show how you can disable Creative Cloud during startup on your Mac.
Adobe Creative Cloud Bloatware
Before we start let us have a quick look at the processes that our friends at Adobe install behind our back.
As you can see we have at least 14 running processes consuming a total of 367 MB of unnecessary RAM. Let us go ahead and make the necessary changes to disable them during system startup.
Disable Creative Cloud
In a Terminal, type the following two commands:
launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AdobeCreativeCloud.plist launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.ccxprocess.plist
This will prevent any Creative Cloud process from launching during system startup*.
*Please note that certain services are required to run the actual Adobe application, so when you for example start Photoshop, a few processes will re-appear in the Activity Monitor.
Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Enable Creative Cloud
If you decide to use Creative Cloud again, the services can simply be re-enabled by typing the following commands:
launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AdobeCreativeCloud.plist launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.ccxprocess.plist
The services will start immediately without having to reboot.
This guide has shown how you can prevent Adobe Creative Cloud from launching during system startup.
For further information, type
launchctl without any additional arguments.
$ launchctl Usage: launchctl <subcommand> ... | help [subcommand] Subcommands: bootstrap Bootstraps a domain or a service into a domain. bootout Tears down a domain or removes a service from a domain. enable Enables an existing service. disable Disables an existing service. kickstart Forces an existing service to start. attach Attach the system's debugger to a service. debug Configures the next invocation of a service for debugging. kill Sends a signal to the service instance. blame Prints the reason a service is running. print Prints a description of a domain or service. print-cache Prints information about the service cache. print-disabled Prints which services are disabled. plist Prints a property list embedded in a binary (targets the Info.plist by default). procinfo Prints port information about a process. hostinfo Prints port information about the host. resolveport Resolves a port name from a process to an endpoint in launchd. limit Reads or modifies launchd's resource limits. runstats Prints performance statistics for a service. examine Runs the specified analysis tool against launchd in a non-reentrant manner. config Modifies persistent configuration parameters for launchd domains. dumpstate Dumps launchd state to stdout. dumpjpcategory Dumps the jetsam properties category for all services. reboot Initiates a system reboot of the specified type. bootshell Brings the system up from single-user mode with a console shell. load Bootstraps a service or directory of services. unload Unloads a service or directory of services. remove Unloads the specified service name. list Lists information about services. start Starts the specified service. stop Stops the specified service if it is running. setenv Sets the specified environment variables for all services within the domain. unsetenv Unsets the specified environment variables for all services within the domain. getenv Gets the value of an environment variable from within launchd. bsexec Execute a program in another process' bootstrap context. asuser Execute a program in the bootstrap context of a given user. submit Submit a basic job from the command line. managerpid Prints the PID of the launchd controlling the session. manageruid Prints the UID of the current launchd session. managername Prints the name of the current launchd session. error Prints a description of an error. variant Prints the launchd variant. version Prints the launchd version. help Prints the usage for a given subcommand.
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