What is lsd and why is this process running on my Mac?

So you have another look at them Activity indicator of your Apple Mac and found the questionably named lsd process. The background process that sounds like illegal drugs has nothing to do with the expansion of consciousness, but rather with the opening of apps, the files assigned to them and the required system services. This is what is advertised Lalso Services Daemon. In short: it is save malicious software.

The lsd process is an important daemon in macOS on the Apple Mac. I have summarized what tasks he has for you below.
The lsd process is an important daemon in macOS on the Apple Mac. I have summarized what tasks he has for you below.

The lsd process on the Mac: Starting apps with associated file formats

The LaunchServicesDaemon has various tasks on macOS. One of these is the provision of various services from Apple's CoreServices framework. This enables apps and tools, among other things, to interact with other programs, use macOS's own spell checker, open apps and documents, use search functions and more. But the lsd background process is best known, if you look at the discussions on the web, for starting apps through files with certain file formats.

For example, if you specify that a video file or all files in a certain video format from VLC Player should be opened, then the lsd process is responsible for opening the VLC player when you double-click on such a file and assigning the file to it for playback. This also applies to the display of PDF files in appropriate programs (or in the preview app) - and for all other file formats and the appropriate apps. In short: The lsd process simplifies the opening of files and their use in apps with the appropriate system services.

If you specify for a file or all files of a certain file format which app should be used to open them, then lsd takes care of carrying out this task.
If you specify for a file or all files of a certain file format which app should be used to open them, then lsd takes care of carrying out this task.

Conclusion: An important background process on the Apple computer

In summary, the lsd background process is an essential part of the Mac operating system macOS. It is used to open files and documents in the desired apps and to provide the appropriate system services for them. This means that third-party word processors can also access the Mac spell checker. This also makes it possible to access directories to search, open, save and integrate files into a project. The lsd process should not be killed manually. If there are problems (excessive CPU load, etc.), we recommend restarting the Mac.

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1 comment on “What is lsd and why is this process running on my Mac?”

  1. It's a shame that the editor wasn't simply used as an example.
    I wonder why so many people still use VLC.
    It hasn't had any advantages for years, but has many disadvantages such as security problems and is unnecessary, especially under macOS.

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