How to check what your Camera is being accessed by in MacOS

To check what your camera is being accessed by on Mac type the following in a Terminal shell. (Hit command + space and type Terminal)

lsof | grep "AppleCamera"

It should return all the applications that have access to your camera in the terminal window like this.

Google      447 aamirmbp  txt       REG                1,4     171264 1152921500312440383 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/A/Resources/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera
TV         6253 aamirmbp  txt       REG                1,4     171264 1152921500312440383 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/A/Resources/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera
avconfere 15275 aamirmbp  txt       REG                1,4     171264 1152921500312440383 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/A/Resources/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera
zoom.us   17463 aamirmbp  txt       REG                1,4     171264 1152921500312440383 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/A/Resources/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

If nothing is returned then you may either be on an older version of MacOS or there are no applications that have access to your camera.

View more information about a service type doing the following.

ps -p ####

To kill a service use the sudo kill command using the ID.

sudo kill -9 ####

Example:

Aamir:~ aamirmbp$ ps -p 15275
  PID TTY           TIME CMD
15275 ??         4:13.48 /usr/libexec/avconferenced

Aamir:~ aamirmbp$ sudo kill -9 15275
Password:
Aamir:~ aamirmbp$ 

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