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I have created an app, that sets itself to launch at Login using SMLoginItemSetEnabled. Here is the code it uses. My question is, how can I manually remove this app from launching at login?

The app does not show under "Login Items", or /Library/LaunchAgents, or /Library/LaunchDaemons or in the /Users/username/Library/LaunchAgents, or /Users/username/Library/LaunchDaemons folders. I looked around in /Library/Preferences and PreferecePanes, but I found nothing. The app does load on login.

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if you remove the app (from the disk) what does the Console say? – Martín Marconcini Feb 12 '13 at 1:48
If I remove the app (even when it's not running), I can move it to Trash, but when I try to empty Trash, it won't delete the App. – Tarandeep Gill Feb 12 '13 at 14:09

And if you added it with a helper, like you said, then you should be able to see it in the plist (I think).

Take a look at this:

    NSString *bundleID = @"com.madebynotion.myLoginHelper";
    NSArray * jobDicts = nil;
    jobDicts = (NSArray *)SMCopyAllJobDictionaries( kSMDomainUserLaunchd );
    // Note: Sandbox issue when using SMJobCopyDictionary()

    if ( (jobDicts != nil) && [jobDicts count] > 0 ) {

        BOOL bOnDemand = NO;

        for ( NSDictionary * job in jobDicts ) {

            if ( [bundleID isEqualToString:[job objectForKey:@"Label"]] ) {
                bOnDemand = [[job objectForKey:@"OnDemand"] boolValue];

        CFRelease((CFDictionaryRef)jobDicts); jobDicts = nil;
        return bOnDemand;

    return NO;


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Thanks for the reply Martin. But I am looking for a way to remove it manually (without the use of program). Where is this PList file stored on the system? – Tarandeep Gill Feb 12 '13 at 2:02
Oh no problem. The reason why I was adding the code is to see what it's doing. It has got to be in the sanboxed directory of your app perhaps… but I never thought about it. I'll take a look tho' – Martín Marconcini Feb 12 '13 at 21:31

Login items are stored in ~/Library/Preferences/, and can be manually managed in System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> your user account in the sidebar -> Login Items tab.

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That's the issue. The app does not show under the Login Items tab, and it is not listed in ~/Library/Preferences/ either! – Tarandeep Gill Feb 12 '13 at 3:11

You should be able to stop and remove the helper from launchd from the command line. Open up and do

laucnhctl list | grep -i com.your.helper

Look once you've located the job_label in the third column, you can run

sudo stop com.your.helper
sudo remove com.your.helper

The manual for launchctl can be found here

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If I remove the app (even when it's not running), I can move it to Trash, but when I try to empty Trash, it won't delete the App.

When it is in the trash, restart the mac in single user mode (start while holding cmd+s): this will open in a Terminal window, run

sudo rm -Rf ~/.Trash/*

and press enter, then restart normally.

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