I installed Docker on OS X, and now it automatically loads every time I log in. Is there a way to stop this?


2 Answers 2


Click the Docker icon in the right hand side of the menu bar, and click "Preferences". In the dialog that appears, untick "Automatically start Docker when you log in".


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    Do you know what's causing it to run? It's not one of the Login Items (in System Preferences).
    – mjs
    Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 22:20
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    @mjs It's a launchd service. You'll see two Docker services when running launchctl list | grep docker.
    – kba
    Commented Jan 14, 2018 at 5:44
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    Do you know where its plist is stored? Can't find it on my system.
    – not2savvy
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 15:11
  • I had both 'Docker' And 'Docker Desktop' installed. I had to open the one called 'Docker' and then click the cog-wheel symbol, in the top right. There was no 'Preferences' if I clicked on 'Docker' in the top bar.
    – Zeth
    Commented Jul 30, 2021 at 11:57
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    None of these solutions work for me. The option under "Preferences" is definitely not checked, and I've done a launchctl remove on both the entries, but after a reboot it comes back!
    – stevec
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 18:59

The locations are

cd ~/Library/LaunchAgents
cd ~/Library/LaunchDaemons

cd ~/Library/LaunchAgents
cd ~/Library/LaunchDaemons

But I recommend you just remove using launchctl remove

launchctl list | grep docker

launchctl remove com.docker.helper
launchctl remove com.docker.docker.11008
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    I think this is a better approach, because I also have other application having the same issue. and I don't need to go to each application to remove them from launch. I was able to remove my another application by removing it in LaunchAgents but I can't do it with launchctl remove though, they will still launch on startup after i restart my laptop
    – Peter Paul
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 15:27

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