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

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I'm on OSX El Capitan 10.11.6


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.

  • 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 at 15:05

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