How to stop Avid Pro Tools mini application manger from launching at startup

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Problem with Application Manager

When you install Avid's Pro Tools, it will automatically install a package manager that sits on the upper right-hand menu on your finder.

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The micro-app is somewhat helpful. It serves many functions, but the one most useful to engineers is a storefront that allows you to license, download, and manage third-party plug-ins. Some recording engineers also use the cloud-storage features so all-in-all, it's a value add. The only problem is that it doesn't always work and when it does work, it sometimes resources intensive. For example, here's what often happens when I boot my computer.

Issue #1 - No Way to Turn off Auto Launch from Icon

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Issue #2 - Micro app crashes often

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Issue #3 - Micro app is inexplicably resource intensive

In this example, I'm not even using Pro Tools, yet it's using up all of these threads.

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Solution - Disable Auto Launch

Heres how to turn off Avid's Pro Tools application manager auto launch.

Step 1 - Open Avid .plist file

Open up Terminal on your Mac and open this file. Note, you may need to use sudo to ensure you have the necessary permissions.

sudo nano /Library/LaunchAgents/com.avid.avidlink.plist 

open-com.avid

Step 2 - Edit .plist file

Look for the key RunAtLoad and set it to false.

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Step 3 - Reboot

Restart your computer and you're done.

sudo reboot

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