If you spend any time at all poking through Activity Monitor, you know that loads of processes run on any macOS system. But what do they do? Is it safe to force them to quit? We’ve got some answers for you.

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As part of an ongoing series, we’re taking a closer look at the processes spawned by macOS, common third-party apps, and hardware drivers. Here’s what we’ve collected so far.

And be sure to check back regularly. We’ll update this page each time we write about a new process.

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Justin Pot has been writing about technology for over a decade, with work appearing in Digital Trends, The Next Web, Lifehacker, MakeUseOf, and the Zapier Blog. He also runs the Hillsboro Signal, a volunteer-driven local news outlet he founded.
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