What are the sharingd and sharedfilelistd and why are they running?

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I'm on OSX El Capitan 10.11.6

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In a nutshell, sharedfileslistd is an XPC helper agent that provides SharedFilesLists private API in CoreServices that gets called by, for instance, by LaunchServices APIs and works with so-called SharedFilesLists - special property lists that contain NSURL BookmarkData entries. These are used for recent documents/servers/hosts that you see in Apple->Recent Items menu, Favourites/iCloud items/Bonjour hosts that appear in the Finder sidebar, Recent Documents in applications' Save/Open dialogs) and such.

sharingd is sharing daemon that enables AirDrop, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, Shared Computers, and Remote Disc in the Finder.

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    Do you know how this relates to Photos.app? I see in Security & Privacy that sharedfileslistd is allowed access to Photos. In my tired head the best I can think of is it allows for e.g. AirDrop or something along those lines.
    – Pryftan
    Aug 10, 2019 at 15:05
  • @Pryftan: I guess that's in order to allow other apps to access pictures by URL (think of an image picker that lets you browse photos navigating by album/date/face/younameit in a UI that is a standard "Open File" pane)
    – kervich
    Sep 25, 2019 at 13:16
  • I am trying to remember the context of the question and how or why I encountered this too. I don't honestly recall; I've just had too much going on and I probably resolved my issue (if it was an issue at all!). I think though that based on what little I can think of/remember you're probably right though I would think more for importing/exporting photos (and as I said AirDrop too) rather than URL (unless maybe you refer to URI).
    – Pryftan
    Oct 1, 2019 at 15:05
  • For me it's just surprising to see something this cryptic in the Apple Security & Privacy menus by default - I would have thought it would be hidden from the Privacy view, or somehow made to look nicer/more understandable for end users. Anyway this answer helped me figure out it's normal and nothing to worry about. Jan 25, 2021 at 7:28

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