How to disable and delete goa-daemon. I'm not using online accounts and this daemon only consumes my memory and CPU.

  • If you will remove goa-daemon your system would become unstable. Removing it will remove all your accounts and packages like empathy, evolution-data-server, gnome-control-center, gnome-online-accounts, indicator-datetime, indicator-power, etc.. the list might so long depends upon the packages you have currently installed. So remove at your own risk.. Reply if you really want to remove it.. Sep 10, 2013 at 10:35
  • OK, then I don't want to remove it. If there is no way to disable it then I'll leave it. Thank you for reply
    – Alen
    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:29
  • Hi, please read this article - disable goa demon is possible task, anyone who talking to you about removing dependencies just not recognize that this demon can be disabled.
    – Svyatoslav
    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:37
  • @Svyatoslav You forgot to put link to your article
    – Alen
    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:51
  • Oh, sorry - this link ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=839741
    – Svyatoslav
    Sep 10, 2013 at 11:52

3 Answers 3


The "solution" isn't a solution at all, it's just the removal of powernow daemon, there are many daemons, the solution doesn't consist in removing any random daemon, but goa-daemon specifically. Which apparently doesn't get executed by the whole rc/sysv scheme.

I'm not sure yet how to disable it, but I saw some comment thanking someone for a tip on how to make hidden XDG-autostart applications (set through launcher files at /etc/xdg/autostart and ~/.config/autostart) appear on some Ubuntu GUI manager for default applications. Strangely enough, I didn't have goa-daemon on any xdg-autostart folder, but it was running still. I don't even have the powernow daemon.

I think it's autostarted by /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.gnome.OnlineAccounts.service

It's not the right way to do it, but it probably can be disabled either removing the file or by editing the exec line and just adding an "echo" after "exec=". But there is probably a more proper way to manage "dbus-services".


To disable the GOA service:

$ cd /usr/share/dbus-1/services
$ sudo ln -snf /dev/null  org.gnome.OnlineAccounts.service
$ sudo reboot now
  • Although I do not have a better solution, I don't think it is a good way to do it, because it is not revertable. May 10, 2018 at 21:20
  • Commenting out the lines in /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.gnome.OnlineAccounts.service appears to work.
    – duanev
    May 18 at 21:20

22.04 safe little hack

Simple and safe little hack, that can be easily reversed if needed. It just changes execute permissions for the daemon: (without removing anything that could unleash hell)

sudo chmod -x /usr/libexec/goa-daemon

Worked great for me in Ubuntu 22.04. Never saw him again, without any detected side-effects

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