Disable Baloo in KDE 4.13: We show you the ways to achieve it

As many know, from KDE 4.13 has been replaced Nepomuk by a new indexer called Baloo, and of course, the options change a bit when deactivating it.

Many users have had problems with the excessive use of CPU by Baloo, but it is not my case. Even, I must say that the search results in Dolphin they appear much faster now. But hey, if you are not one of those users who uses the Semantic Desktop, this article is for you, as we show you all the known ways to Disable Baloo.

Disable Baloo graphically

For now, when we access the System Preferences »Desktop Search we find something like this:

Baloo Preferences

As you can see, no option to Deactivate Desktop Search will appear, so we have to resort to other alternatives. Apparently the best way right now to prevent Baloo to run, or at least not Index anything, is by adding our / Home at the excluded locations.

Disable Baloo

Disable Baloo using other methods

The fact of excluding our local folder from the directories where Baloo is going to perform Indexing, it may not be the solution and for some reason the CPU consumption is still high. That is why we can resort to alternative methods such as the ones shown below.

The first alternative method would be to prevent Baloo from starting, so for this we open a terminal and put:

$ sudo mv /usr/share/autostart/baloo_file.desktop /usr/share/autostart/baloo_file.desktop.orig

Another method, perhaps less recommended, is to run:

sudo mv / usr / bin / baloo_file_extractor /usr/bin/baloo_file_extractor.orig sudo ln -s / bin / true / usr / bin / baloo_file_extractor

and subsequently:

sudo mv / usr / bin / baloo_file_cleaner /usr/bin/baloo_file_cleaner.orig sudo ln -s / bin / true / usr / bin / baloo_file_cleaner

This should be more than enough to disable Baloo or at least, prevent it from using the CPU by indexing our files. Of course, I repeat that in my case it has not happened to me and the searches (or rather the results) are very fast. More information about Baloo.

The content of the article adheres to our principles of editorial ethics. To report an error click here!.

25 comments, leave yours

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *



  1. Responsible for the data: Miguel Ángel Gatón
  2. Purpose of the data: Control SPAM, comment management.
  3. Legitimation: Your consent
  4. Communication of the data: The data will not be communicated to third parties except by legal obligation.
  5. Data storage: Database hosted by Occentus Networks (EU)
  6. Rights: At any time you can limit, recover and delete your information.

  1.   Josh said

    Good tip, in my case I have not had any problems.
    By the way, I want to ask: does Baloo make use of Akonadi? Because I always had them disabled (Akonadi and Nepomuk) and now I only have baloo running.

    1.    Antoni said

      Look at the KDE UserBase wiki: http://userbase.kde.org/Nepomuk#Frequently_Asked_Questions

      Although better read everything.

    2.    Antoni said

      Look at the KDE UserBase wiki:

  2.   Antoni said

    In the attached link they say that there will be a graphical option for KDE 4.13.1

    Nepomuk - Baloo (Desktop Search) Transition and missing User information

    Very good this blog! 😉

  3.   Yoyo said

    In KaOS without problems.

    The problems that are presenting in some distros I think it may be because of the way it has been packaged.

    I think.

    1.    majority said

      The same in my case Kaos works perfect with baloo ...

  4.   firecold said

    Well, I have not updated it at the moment, due to lack of time but I will do it later and what happens, if everything works as it should without problems, but if not, then you have already published the solution, Thank you

  5.   day said

    I read that some distros did not completely replace nepomuk, they disabled some features and have it running alongside baloo.
    I also have kaos and baloo works without problems.

  6.   eliotime3000 said

    Well, disabling Baloo is easier than doing the same Modus Operandi with Neponuk (which, in KDE version 4.8.4, was just crying).

    Anyway, is it an optional component in KDE-Meta 4.13?

  7.   Irvandoval said

    The truth is that Baloo has behaved very discreet on my Kubuntu 14.04 64 bit, there is no reason at the moment to disable it 🙂

  8.   Gadeth said

    I installed Kubuntu 14.04 and everything was great at first, but then "Baloo" presented problems of overconsumption of memory, CPU, and disk activity over 50 to 60%, I have a modern high-performance computer but it caused me problems. Apparently this occurs when the computer has very large files over 10GB in size, such as virtual machines, especially when there are several, and with large torrent downloads, it constantly scans them.

  9.   NauTiluS said

    I also suffered the worst of this new search concept.

    Well, I started looking for a solution on the 2nd day of updating KDE and I found this way to deactivate it.
    You have to open this file that is hidden in your home directory .kde4 / share / config / baloorc

    Then these lines are added to the file:
    [Basic Settings]
    Indexing-Enabled = false

    Close desktop section and goodbye to disproportionate consumption by this program.


  10.   Javier said

    Hello, in my case I do not see the need to deactivate it, the truth is that it works very well. Baloo consumes me much less than Nepomuk, hardly noticeable ... For now, I'll leave it running.

    A greeting!

    1.    Javier said

      I forgot, I am using Kubuntu 14.10. Yes now…. Cheers! ^^

  11.   msx said

    Dear @elav: Do you remember when you used to run your beloved Debian + Xfce and I played it from my Arch + KDE? Look how the times have changed that today you are a happy user of precisely that system and that environment and I find myself more than comfortable with Xfce ... rather, with Xubuntu 😀
    Sure, I keep running ChakraOS on the store machine and on my NAS, but after touching it a bit it seems to me that Xubuntu 14.04 is all I need: minimalist without losing usability, supported for two years and with the ugly PPAs I make sure of have fresh apps.

    Life is an omelette, my friend!

    1.    elav said

      HAHAHAHA .. I can't believe it… O_O but I'm not going to prick you .. if you're doing well, I'm glad, in the end the Rat has its charm .. 😀

      1.    eliotime3000 said

        In that you are right, @elav. To tell the truth, XFCE has worked like a glove on my netbook.

    2.    eliotime3000 said

      Let me tell you that KDE is a blast. I have had it on my desktop PC for more than 10 months and let me tell you that, although the last time I tried KDE on the fly, it was when I installed Mandrake on my old PC and I was surprised by the evolution that KDE has had, and those changes that he received were for good.

      Also, I have already made progress in terms of encasing my KDE desktop with giving it the style of eOS combined with OpenSUSE.

      PS: KDE 4.12 has outperformed GNOME 3.10 in terms of performance and consumption of hardware resources, and on Arch it looks like GNOME 2.

  12.   shadow said

    In Chakra it is not in the stable repository yet. I am using it on Arch (yes, I have fallen again, I have no choice) and I am in awe of its extraordinary performance. In my personal experience it is the fastest indexer I have tried. Regarding consumption of resources, I see it perfect too. A huge improvement over Nepomuk, no doubt.

    1.    x11tete11x said

      is in Testing !, come to the dark side xD

      1.    shadow said

        Hehe, I don't dare, I like the stable Chakra repository 🙂

        In the days that I have been testing Baloo in Arch I have been impressed by its speed, it's true. It will reach Chakra, there is no rush on my part. And if I stop to think about it: Baloo takes 1 second to find x file, Nepomuk takes 4 seconds ... Really, can't I wait 3 more seconds? We live immersed in senseless rush ... 😉

  13.   Hetare said

    finally kubuntu was not what I expected. I was hoping that some programs that in fedora had misbehaved on kubuntu lts were perfect… and it came out the other way around. with the latest fedora avidemux updates, for example, which at the beginning threw some errors, it runs wonders while in kubuntu, in addition to using a quite backward version, it throws errors and does not read some files well.

    not to mention baloo. Some say that it works perfectly, others don't, those who say that it does not work well say they have large files, while those that run without problems do not mention that detail. I have very large files and many and baloo I was going badly. I had to disable it almost immediately.

    so back to fedorite no more XD

  14.   snock said

    It is the first version of kde that I don't have to disable it…. I don't even know it's working. It seems that the name change came with more surprises :).

  15.   didaz said

    It seems that more needs to be done.
    This is a link from one of the KDE developers->

  16.   Andrés García said

    the article is outdated as it is for an older version of kde