MacOS start applications are controlled through the user and groups settings.

Also you can use cron.

In docker desktop there is a login setting that seems to secretly put some login setting somewhere. WHERE? This should be banned. Secret login triggers are a virus and security threat.

Is it in root and macos doesn't show root?


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To disable docker from starting up when you log in:

Click on the docker icon on the menu bar and select preferences:

Disable the checkbox which says "Start Docker Desktop when you log in". Hope that helps.

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    Yes, this is good to clarify for anyone landing here but my question is about where this is on the macos side. Like suppose I didn't want to even launch docker to turn this off.
    – mathtick
    Sep 6, 2020 at 19:02

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