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

You have another look at them Activity indicator of the Apple Mac, and you noticed the storedownloadd process? No problem, because this is a background process that is important for using macOS. It starts automatically and should not consume too many resources during regular computer operation. However, you can find out here when the CPU load and RAM usage can be expected. I'll also show you what you can do if storedownloadd causes too high a CPU load and demands far too much memory.

What is behind the macOS storedownloadd process on the Apple Mac? When can higher CPU and RAM utilization be expected? Answers to these and other questions can be found here.
What is behind the macOS storedownloadd process on the Apple Mac? When can higher CPU and RAM utilization be expected? Answers to these and other questions can be found here.

The storedownloadd process on the Mac: Downloads and updates from the App Store

For a better understanding, let's first break down the name of the process: Store Download Daemon. This macOS tool is a process that operates automatically in the background, called Daemon. And this manages the downloads from the store, more precisely from the Mac App Store.

Storedownloadd should therefore only require a little more computing power and memory if you download an app from the App Store or if such an app is currently being updated. You can find out whether an update is currently loading by opening the App Store and clicking on “Updates” in the left sidebar.

Mac problem: storedownloadd causes high CPU and RAM load

Normally this daemon should not cause any problems. It's a long-established process that should work smoothly in macOS. But if there is a problem, you can close storedownloadd via the activity display. To do this, double-click on it and use the “Exit” button in the window that opens. Alternatively, you can select the process with a simple click and then click on the X in the octagon in the toolbar.

If the problem of the high system load has not yet been solved or the process is consuming too many resources again after the automatic restart, then restart the Mac. Shut it down completely, wait a few seconds and then turn it back on. Problems with daemons should be solved this way. However, if there is again a CPU and RAM overload caused by storedownloadd after the restart, check whether a particular app is stalling in its update. If your update is the source of the problem, disable automatic updates for it or uninstall it.

Conclusion: The storedownloadd process manages app store downloads

The macOS storedownloadd background process can primarily be found in Activity Monitor when it automatically downloads updates for apps from the App Store. It is an inconspicuous and very specialized process that is intended to make using the Apple Mac easier without making a big fuss. Problems with this daemon are rare and should be easy to deal with. The same applies to fseventsd, powerd, launchd, Windows Server, kernel_task and other macOS processes that we have already examined here in the blog.

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