Stop XQuartz from showing icon in the OSX dock and stop loading xterm on start

Edit /Applications/Utilities/ as root (ie, sudo vim in a terminal), and add the following key/value inside of <dict>:


…. and in your terminal run defaults write org.macosforge.xquartz.X11 app_to_run /usr/bin/true, and then restart XQuartz: the dock icon should be gone and it shouldn’t start xterm anymore.

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Published November 18th, 2014


4 Responses
Nickolas Pylarinos

Hi! I am developing ManageConky (a clone of conky-manager but for macOS) which manages Themes and Widgets for a port of conky for macOS.

I want to provide a way for themes/widgets to load without causing XQuartz app icon to load on dock everytime conky runs. But I want to do it without root-permissions.

Could there be another way to achieve this?
Thank you!


Hi! I edit the plist with nano, after that i run the command replacing “apptorun” by /Applications/Inkscape but don’t work for me. Any other help? Thanks in advice!

I think you have to specify the binary itself, which is somewhere in that directory.

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