Disable CrashPlanService on OSX

Since I run CrashPlan on my QNAP to back up my personal data, yet I still want to use the CrashPlan GUI on my Mac, I don’t need the CrashPlanService running in the background on my Mac all the time.

To disable the always-running CrashPlan service on OSX (verified with the latest CrashPlan app, version 3.7):

  1. See if the service is running:
    ps aux | grep CrashPlanService
  2. Disable service:
    sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.crashplan.engine.plist
  3. Verify the service is not running anymore:
    ps aux | grep CrashPlanService
  4. Delete the launch control plist so the CrashPlanService doesn’t reload the next time OSX is restarted:
    sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.crashplan.engine.plist

That’s it!

7 comments
  1. Thank you for this useful tip. I may have tried and deleted Crash Plan ages ago and it was annoying to find it still running on my MacBook Pro.

  2. thanks, this was a big help!

  3. Rather than deleting the file in the extra step, you can run the launchctl command like this:
    sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.crashplan.engine.plist

    The w switch writes the disabled key to the plist, so an ‘unload -w’ will cause it to remain disabled across a reboot. Similarly, ‘load -w’ would cause it to load during boot.

    1. awesome, thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚

  4. Great tip, D-Boy!

    1. always a pleasure, my friend πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks! It helped me

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