Ubuntu: tracker-store and tracker-miner-fs eating up my CPU on every startup


Whenever I start my laptop the process tracker-store and tracker-miner-fs eats up my CPU between 30-40% for 10-15 minutes. I am on ubuntu 12.04.

What does these processes do? How to get rid of processes?


Scripting solution to disable it permanently on Ubuntu 16.04

As mention in the comments, files mention in this post no longer exist in 16.04. You can use the following script:

echo -e "\nHidden=true\n" | sudo tee --append /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-extract.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-miner-apps.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-miner-fs.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-miner-user-guides.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-store.desktop > /dev/null  gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files crawling-interval -2    gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files enable-monitors false    tracker reset --hard     


These are confirmed bugs on Launchpad

What does these processes do?

Tracker is a synergy of technologies that are designed to provide a highly sophisticated, innovative and integrated desktop.

Tracker provides the following:

  • Indexer for desktop search (for more details see this spec : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IntegratedDesktopSearch)
  • Tag database for doing keyword tagging of any object
  • Extensible metadata database for apps like gedit and rhythmbox which need to add custom metadata to files
  • Database for first class objects allows using tracker's database for storage and implementation of First Class Objects and the Gnome 3.0 Model.

How to get rid of processes?

  1. Disabling tracker for globally (for all users)

    1. Edit /etc/xdg/autostart/trackerd.desktop file with root privileges (sudo -i gedit /etc/xdg/autostart/trackerd.desktop)
    2. Add Hidden=true to the end of the file
    3. Do the same for /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-applet.desktop if you want
  2. Disabling tracker for your user only

    1. Enter the directory ~/.config/autostart, create it if it does not exist
    2. Create a file named trackerd.desktop
    3. Paste the following into the file, save and exit:

      [Desktop Entry]  Encoding=UTF-8  Name=Tracker  Hidden=true  

Source: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Tracker


Simply change this values using the gsettings witch will disable the constant indexing of Tracker:

gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files crawling-interval -2    gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files enable-monitors false  

The values could be changed using dconf-editor by navigating through org > freedesktop > Tracker > Miner > Files:


After this changes, it is highly recommended to cleanup the database to reclaim some lost space on the disk:

tracker-control -r  


Maybe it's relevant for Ubuntu 14.04/GDM, and if it important to do not remove whole service then will be better to stop and/or renice.

Hence it can be:

Stop/reniced ( not recommended method ):

$ tracker-control -p    Found 171 PIDs…    Found process ID NNNN for 'tracker-store'    Found process ID MMMM for 'tracker-miner-fs'      $ initctl stop tracker-store && renice -n +19 -p NNNN && initctl start tracker-store  

Notice people suggest yet tracker-control -r and maybe for systems with indexing enabled this will be better:

$ tracker-control -e  

OR the same with System Monitor GUI:

Applications > Utilities > System Monitor

  • sort > Name
  • scroll > tracker-store
  • right click > Stop Process
  • right click > Change Priority > Very Low
  • right click > Continue Process

OR maybe the most appropriate way for systems with running tracker-store:

Applications > System Tools > Search & Indexing

List item


An up to date version for Ubuntu 16.04:

echo -e "\nHidden=true\n"|sudo tee --append /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-extract.desktop  echo -e "\nHidden=true\n"|sudo tee --append /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-miner-apps.desktop  echo -e "\nHidden=true\n"|sudo tee --append /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-miner-fs.desktop  echo -e "\nHidden=true\n"|sudo tee --append /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-miner-user-guides.desktop  echo -e "\nHidden=true\n"|sudo tee --append /etc/xdg/autostart/tracker-store.desktop    gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files crawling-interval -2  gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files enable-monitors false    tracker reset --hard  

Basically this is a remix of Radu's and Maxwell's answers, but locations and commands have been updated to Ubuntu 16.04 (there were multiple changes).


Using Synaptic, I selected "mark for complete removal" for "tracker", and for "zeitgeist" (kin to using the purge command which is supposed to remove associated components and config files for the program selected). Much more of the zeitgeist tracking software had been installed unknown to me, and so I chose complete removal for all except the zeitgeist shared libraries which looks to be way too embedded in the OS to remove safely. Almost like a dog with a bad case of heart worms, or better yet like a hydra. Chop one head off and there's three more trying to ruin your chi. Sounds pretty much like something microsoft enjoys doing to the people who trust them. Whatever... My laptop now boots in less than half the time, doesn't completely bogg down at random occasionally crashing what I'm using at the time, and it might just be the relief of getting rid of the thing but the rest of the software seems to be running much better without that hydra's heavy tentacles. Aww ferget it... You know what I mean.

Why is it that programs like these have to be brought in quietly through a back door? Perhaps it's because nobody wants that sort of thing on their personal laptop. If I was a tech running server edition on a mainframe that had massive gigs of ram and cores out the wahzoo, then it would be another story. Perhaps then I would like to utilize tracking software. Even then, I would still want it to be an application of my choosing.

Just saying.


Enable advanced Startup Applications with this command:

sudo sed -i "s/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g" /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop  

Run Startup Applications and uncheck Tracker File System Miner and the other similar items. They can be re-enabled just as easily.

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