Under System Preferences / Users & Groups / Login Items I can see all of the items that I've selected to launch at startup, but the folder, Library/StartUpItems is empty.

Where can I see these items?

  • What do you mean by these items? You mean the original file?
    – Thecafremo
    Jun 26, 2013 at 13:44
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    @Thecafremo Perhaps he means the source configuration data? i.e. where does the pref pane load the list of items from? Jun 26, 2013 at 13:59
  • Yes, It is my problem. I want get by the Terminal the name of the apps that are launched when i start the mac Jun 26, 2013 at 14:02

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The file the preference pane loads the list of items from is:


It is a binary file. You can use Xcode to open it.

For example, if you add iPhoto to your login items:

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your com.apple.loginitems.plist will look similar to this:

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  • I still have several apps that are being opened automatically on osx startup and are neither on this panel nor on /Library/StartUpItems and I can't help to find them Feb 14, 2017 at 13:56
  • Items that load which are not in this list are likely to be either LaunchAgents or LaunchDaemons.
    – jasonology
    Jul 18, 2019 at 23:15

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