My MacBook is frying my lap, and the CPU monitor is going crazy: over 200% CPU being used by a process named
What is it? Can I kill it?
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This is a daemon which is part of PackageKit framework and it's usually running as a background process for the "Software Update" GUI application. For example, if you open the Software Update application and check for updates, take a look at the Activity Monitor--you'll see the "installd" process doing a bunch of work.
The reason it pegs your CPU is because it must compile the current list of software installed on your computer, and compare with the current version list received from Apple's servers.
You can set the frequency of Software Update checks in System Preferences and Software Update.
The default settings are both to "Check for updates" and "Download updates automatically". You may adjust either setting, but I would not recommend turning it off altogether.
There's nothing wicked about this process - it's just set to download updates.
You can solve your CPU problem by lowering the priority of the process or by just killing the process in Activity Monitor.
The location in Lion OSX is in:
(if you have
locate configured correctly, run:
locate installd to find the right location).
It's normally run when you for example install an App Store application or remove an application from Launchpad. It shouldn't stay running in the background or keep using that much CPU though. You can probably just force quit it from Activity Monitor or run
sudo killall -9 installd.
The binary is in
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/PackageKit.framework/Resources/installd in 10.8.
It's Apple's install process.
What's annoying is:
You can see progress but need to do the following:
Apple logo (top left) > App Store > Updates and click Update.
This will then reveal a progress bar with the current download state.
honestly- i have the same problem, you posted this in 2013 and its 2020 and literally im updating xcode and installd is taking up 1.02 gb of memory (which is a lot) and 268% of my cpu which is a LOT for simply updating xcode, (and not to mention, its caused my fans to max out and my computer's gpu temperature is at 186 in a cool room and the fans aren't even covered), another problem we have still with things about system processes is things like windowserver, if you dont restart your computer for a while, after a week of not logging out or restarting, just simply shutting the lid, windowsever goes COMPLETELY wack, i just restarted my computer yesterday because it was at (with no actual tabs or pages opened, literally nothing is running) 1.32 gb of memory (its supposed to be at around 440 mb for my computer in normal, unwacky circumstances), windowserver just seems to get overwhelmed after a while which is a BIG problem, and even after a long enough time i've had windowserver ALONE get my computer to 176 degrees, but granted that was after i found out that a lot of the system processes like windowserver and kernal_task go to wack after a long enough time without a restart (so basically it took up 2.45 gb of memory with, again, nothing open because i didnt restart my computer for over 2 or 3 months because i was constantly needing it for school in those months)(oh wow great, for some reason discord is taking up 1.02 gb of memory even though it normally takes up 320 mb (it fixed itself as i typed this little sentence but like- wot)), but honestly this is me just ranting that honestly you arent alone and it seems to still not be fixed which is a little annoying, i wish that macos would periodically "refresh" these system programs when idle or closed and/or check and repair them because yes, ik ik, macbooks barely get any viruses, blame it on apple literally pushing out updates, WHOLE updates, just to fix 1 or 2 vulnerabilities that only ONE, literally probably only one, website, takes advantage of, good part on them but tbh its kind of a lot, i just wish that while they do this, they could simply include in one of those updates a little option maybe, or maybe instead it could be in the a small update that does have features in it, maybe this could be one of them, like, its so simple yet, clearly in these 7 years they somehow still haven't thought about it, and another problem with it is, if it was such a problem we used to be able to upgrade memory, now there is not a SINGLE thing you can upgrade in the computer, not memory, not storage, nothing, so is it too much to ask for a little update that'd help them manage their memory a little better? idk, i mean, to be fair i believe logging out does refresh the processes as well, but at that point it closes out of everything anyways, why not just shut off the computer and turn it back on while your at it? reeee im sorry for the rant AND necropost but basically i swear, they still have a problem with these things with is a little annoying, and plus, why does it take 267 cpu to even update xcode when it doesn't even take that much to download something that is of that equivalency to the update, like, i've downloaded whole 12 gigabyte downloads from chrome and didnt even really need to keep my fans exposed like i did just now, ok ok thats enough of the rant- sorry again for the necropost, i hope you or someone else atleast finds this a little amusing, relatable, or something, because its just a bit annoying, reeee goodbye random person who posted this in 2013 and i hope your life is goin pretty well. (oh and also, im aware i dont have great punctuation, dont worry i dont normally type like this, its only when im ranting freely, some smartass on apple discussions started a whole thread of a fight just because of it (luckily i wasn't being the one bombarded, it was him being bombarded by a bunch of level 10's bashing him for being a nuisance, considering he was level 6 and judging people in a judgement free page, basically made him look like a fool- slkjfsdlfkj))