Jan 032011
Disable Nepomuk

Open ~/.kde/share/config/nepomukserverrc and set “Start Nepomuk” to false.

[Basic Settings]
Start Nepomuk=false

Open ~/.kde/share/config/kdedrc and set “autoload” to false for nepomuksearchmodule:

Disable Akonadi

Open ~/.config/akonadi/akonadiserverrc and set “StartServer” to false.


Later if you want to use akonadi again, you can manually start it by running the following command: ‘kcmshell4 kcm_akonadi‘ or ‘akonaditray‘.

akonaditray akonadiconfig

You can also manipulate akonadi directly from terminal by using ‘akonadictl’ command. Starting the Akonadi server manually on the command line can result in additional useful information.

ubuntuku@satellite:~$ akonadictl --help
Akonadi server manipulation tool
Usage: akonadictl [command]
  start      : Starts the Akonadi server with all its processes
  stop       : Stops the Akonadi server and all its processes cleanly
  restart    : Restart Akonadi server with all its processes
  status     : Shows a status overview of the Akonadi server
Note: PIM applications and other akonadi dependent applications (kontact, kaddressbook, kmail, korganizer, kalarm, etc) won’t work with akonadi disabled.

  10 Responses to “How to Disable Nepomuk & Akonadi”

  1. That was really great help, I was looking for a way to stop akonadi processes, they are taking resources without any use for me, since I don’t use any of KDE mail, organizing applications.
    Good luck 😉

  2. I had a major problem with akonadi and tried to follow your guide but I fear it might be slightly outdated. For anyone having problems with it. The simple way, and unclean way for that matter is to simply rename the executable.

    Thanks for the guide though…. it helped.

  3. Thank you so much, I got tired of having 20 akonadi processes and all the space and cpu they consume for no reason at all. Nepomuk can be turned off in systems settings in KDE 4.6.5 but not akonadi.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. It’s unbelievable how some people think that everybody should swallow without a choice stuff like akonadi, nepomuk, zeitgeist, pulseaudio, evolution and the like. This is what makes me a fan of LXDE.

  5. Thank you! It worked as expected :)

    Akonadi should first be optimized, before shipping it to the end-user. There are 10 process that use ~3.5 MB RAM, and some others that use ~10 MB. Also, it should only start if there is an app that will use it.

  6. Akonadi, Nepomuk, Soprano, Virtuoso…..
    This is too intrusive and adds incredible system complexity. I love KDE very much and I had a wonderful desktop before Akonadi. Please KDE, please: Dump this crap!
    It cost me several days to have a working desktop again. I am using Claws mail now.
    Kubuntu people: Please provide a possibility to install Plasma without Akonadi!

  7. Agree with Roland. This useless machinery is causing lots of pain. Apparently to many users. And it is practically impossible to remove.

  8. Thanks you for this simple and effective how to. Ever the distro hopper, I installed KDE several weeks ago and found that I “really” liked the kde interface more than any other distro I had tried. I even posted a glowing comment singing its praises when within hours of doing so, my hard drive had gone from having over 270 GB of free space to less than 200 MB. I blame the Nepomuk and Akonadi apps knowing full well that they might not be the real culprit. (It doesn’t have to be their fault for me to “blame” them though!)

    So to shorten this even further suffice it to say that I relied on my backups from Nepomuk and thought I’d reboot and do a restore somehow only to be kicked into a terminal for login… I’ve reinstalled Kubuntu and taking actions to insure that the Nepomuk and Akonadi services aren’t running. This tutorial did most all of what I wanted to accomplish. Even with all of the steps mentioned here, the akonadi tray feature still loaded on restart so I found the following workaround on the bugs.launchpad.net site:

    sudo vi /usr/share/autostart/akonaditray.desktop
    Change “Exec=akonaditray” to “Exec=”.

    (Or edit using an editor of your choice…)

    Several of the plasma widgets call for the Akonadi server to provide events so the Calendar events and the message indicator might not work but I’m not using those features anyway.

    Once again, thanks for this simple and effective how to.

    • Thanks for the tips! Definatley changeing a few settings to =false fixed things. That anakondi tray was anoying! After reading this I made a sub directory in /usr/share/autostart and dumped akonaditray.desktop in there.That worked!
      A subdirectory in your autostart can be handy. I like to ad to the applications launcher menu so I can launch Dolphin as root. I find in general useing the GUI easier. Come to think of it I didn’t even try to use the Muan Software Center to uninstall any of this stuff. OK I checked it out it looks like you can just uncheck that stuff in Software Center….Wonder what would happen?

  9. I did all of that, I still have the useless AkonadiTray icon buried in my system tray. It pops up an alert message every time I start KDE to let me know it’s not working properly. One glance at it suggest to me that it is a worthless piece of software, with features like the ability to optimize your personal contacts. I’m a computer nerd; I don’t have any personal contacts.

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