There are lots of useless widgets in the notification center of macOS, so does anyone knows where these widgets are stored in the system, I want the path to that folder in-order to remove the useless ones to the trash.enter image description here

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Part of CoreServices

The widgets are stored within /System/Library/CoreServices. They are plug-ins of small applications of the same name.

Finding Widgets

Widgets contain an Info.plist file containing the text com.apple.widget-extension. You can use this text to search for other widgets.

A full disk search from the command line would be:

grep -r 'com.apple.widget-extension' /

System Integrity Protection

Note that these widgets are protected by macOS's System Integrity Protection (SIP). This means you can not remove these widgets without first disabling SIP.

Apple recommends you do not modify the contents of the /System folder on your Mac. Changing the contents of this folder can result in unexpected behaviour from macOS.

  • Okay I found calendar and stocks widget under this folder but didn't found the file for social(widget)
    – Sayan
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 5:55
  • I forgot to add sudo before grep now the shell is in running condition so should I terminate the terminal window without the finishing of the process? screenshot
    – Sayan
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 8:34
  • The permission errors can be safely ignored. They occur for files you can not read as a user. Many are temporary caches or log files, such as .fseventsd for the drive's file system event log. Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 10:00

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