In macOS Sierra there is a new daemon touristd.

What is touristd and what is it used for?


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What is touristd responsible for?

touristd is responsible for displaying a New to Mac? notification roughly after 5-10 minutes using macOS Sierra for the first time.

'New to Mac?' notification

After you click on Show it will open the What's New in macOS page in Safari.

There is a preference file that gets created/modified after dismissing or activating the notification.


Where can you find it?

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    I just noticed that touristd was downloading something on my Mac long after macOS Sierra has been activated. (using 10.3.3 at the moment). Also it has 1:17,53 of CPU-time. There must be more jobs for this daemon than just the New to Mac? notification.
    – Daniel
    Commented Feb 5, 2018 at 3:26
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    Yes, it can display different Apple tours depending on OS and device. You can try to run touristd --help (with full path) to get some hint. This is also discussed in this blog post.
    – Lætitia
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 19:23
  • I was looking at my recent Time Machine contents, and noticed that yesterday all the files (mostly icon files) in ~admin/Library/Application Support/com.apple.touristd were updated. I'm running High Sierra.
    – Barmar
    Commented May 8, 2021 at 17:47

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