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In recent days, the DashboardClient process is taking more memory on my MBP. It's a real memory of 144 MB as seen in Activity Monitor.

I have never seen this process occupying memory like this before, as if like Safari. It's started few back before.

I haven't changed my Dashboard for a couple of months...

I am running OS X 10.6.5

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    What widgets ARE you using?
    – peelman
    Dec 7, 2010 at 13:49
  • I am using the default widgets and put 2 photos from web.. I added these pics more than 6 months ago.
    – garikapati
    Dec 7, 2010 at 16:58
  • Just to add to the discussion, I recently killed a Dashboard process that was using 2 GB of memory...
    – psoft
    Jan 5, 2013 at 11:14

1 Answer 1


Probably the widgets you are using are leaking memory. Try removing them and check which of the widget is taking too much memory.

I use Calendar, 2 Clocks, 1 Weather and 2 Webclips and the Dashboard client is taking up 83Mb. Normally I just force quit if I see it is taking too much memory, and start it again if I need to them back.

  • I will try removing some widgets and see what happens. what do you mean by 'force quit', the widget or Dashboard client process from Monitor ?
    – garikapati
    Dec 8, 2010 at 16:58
  • I meant the dashboard client process from Activity Monitor. I tend to "force quit" rather than quit, but you can try "quit". Dec 9, 2010 at 17:56
  • I removed 2 Webclips and couple of widgets, but I am not seeing any improvements, instead the memory consumption went up.
    – garikapati
    Dec 9, 2010 at 18:09
  • I tried closing all the widgets I have, and after Dashboard Client disappeared from the Activity Monitor I added a couple of clocks. The Real Memory was listed as 24MB now. Can you tell me what are the widgets you have ? May be I can check. I suspect Webclips are the memory hogs, I guess they function equivalent to the same safari Tab (loading all the JS from the page and all). Dec 9, 2010 at 19:38
  • Calculator, weather, clock, flight status tracker, iStat Nano, iCal, Ski Report, tile game. But now I closed these widgets (iCal, Ski Report, tile game). Still it shows 141MB. FYI.. I didn't quit/ force quit the Dashboard client.
    – garikapati
    Dec 10, 2010 at 4:11

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