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I do not need Finder because I use Ranger in CLI and I manually quit it (I added the quit option) each time I boot (mainly not to have it in the way when I use to switch applications with cmd + tab).

If it's not possible, an alternative would be to quit it from the terminal and I would do a script that is launched on boot. But after "killall Finder", Finder relaunch automatically.

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Just disable the LaunchAgent com.apple.finder at /System/Library/LaunchAgents/

with sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.Finder.plist and Finder shouldn't launch at all.

Depending on your system this might not be successful. Then download, install and open LaunchControl. Navigate to System Agents -> com.apple.Finder and highlight it. In the menubar choose Job -> Unload. Then hit the radio button next to com.apple.Finder and disable it.

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  • This the response I get : /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.Finder.plist: Could not find specified service
    – Sébastien
    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:42
  • It works like a charm with LaunchControl !
    – Sébastien
    Aug 16, 2015 at 13:22
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You can change the automatically launched program via this command:

defaults write com.apple.loginwindow Finder /PATH/TO/ALTERNATIVE.app

The alternative program will launch instead of Finder; and the force-quit option will change to "restart", etc.

The actual Finder can still be started, but it can also be quit, just as any other normal app.

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