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One of my kids while learning more about bitcoin started bitcoind on my mac. Now I am unable to stop it. In my activity monitor, it shows a process named "bitcoind". I have stopped that process from the activity monitor various times but that doesn't help. It starts again after some time or in the next boot session. It has been taking a lot of my laptop space (>100gb). I am running low on space and I need to stop it now. This has been happening regularly. As a temporary solution, I used to go to /Users/[name]/Library/Application Support/ and delete the "Bitcoin" folder from there. But that's no proper solution to end it completely. I have tried a bunch of stuff using bitcoin-cli in the terminal. However, I am unable to stop it.

Running bitcoin-cli stop returns error: couldn't connect to server: unknown (code -1) (make sure server is running and you are connecting to the correct RPC port).

Can someone please tell me what should I do to stop the bitcoind?

  • If you do ps in the command line do you see a bitcoind process? If you don't there isn't a bitcoind process running. If you do, does it say testnet next to it? – Michael Folkson Sep 9 at 16:46
  • Regardless once you do ps you can get the process PID number and then do kill insert_PID_here replacing insert_PID_here with the PID number of the bitcoind process – Michael Folkson Sep 9 at 16:49
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    bitcoin is unstoppable XD – givanse Sep 10 at 5:14
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Check if you have a relevant setting in one of these

  • Start up app at System Preferences / Users & Groups / Login Items
  • Config file at ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/
  • A bitcoind -daemon in ~/.bash_profile

You could run ps aux | grep bitcoind to check where it is executing from and then delete that folder.

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You could open up the Terminal and run pkill bitcoind, it should kill it if it is still running.

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