You noticed something called "sandboxd " while browsing the activity monitor , and now you're here. So what is this thing?
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This article is part of our current series explaining various processes found in the activity monitor, such as kernel_task , hidd , mdsworker , installd , WindowServer , blued , launchd , backup , opendirectoryd , powerd , coreauthd , configd , mdnsponder , UserEventAgent , nsurlstoraged , commerce , parental controls and and many more . Don't know what these services are? Better start reading!
Today's process, sandboxd, is a daemon, which means it runs a system task in the background on macOS - daemons usually have a "d " at the end of their name. This particular daemon manages the macOS sandbox, because the running man sandboxd in your terminal will show you:
sandboxd provides services on behalf of the Sandbox kernel extension.
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What is a sandbox? You can check out our Sandbox Explainer for an overview, but for the most part, a sandbox prevents apps from accessing parts of the system that it doesn't need. The macOS sandbox is described on Apple Developer Page :
App Sandbox is an access control technology provided in macOS, applied at the kernel level. It is designed to contain damage to the system and user data if an application is compromised.
Before the sandbox, each application had access to everything the user did. It was good for simplicity, but it meant that each application was a potential path to all of your data and hardware. Applications sRunning in the sandbox must specifically request access to things like your files or your webcam, which gives you an extra level of security.
The macOS sandbox can optionally be implemented by applications that you download online, but it is mandatory for any application that you download from the Mac App Store. This is just one of the reasons why the Mac App Store does not have all the apps you want .
The sandboxd process probably shouldn't take up a lot of your system resources, but if it tries to stop recently installed applications. If that resolves the issue, consider submitting a bug report to the developer, as there is something wrong with this application.