The Kite processes

There are a number of processes that need to run for Kite to function properly.

macOS

Kite Engine

This is the main Kite process. It is responsible for communicating with the Kite backend and handles all data flow to and from the cloud. It also manages displaying the menubar icon.

Kite Sidebar

This is the Sidebar UI that ships with Kite. It will not work unless the Kite Engine is running. You can exit out of the Sidebar at anytime and reopen it using the menubar icon.

Kite Helper

This is a process that runs only at startup to ensure that Kite is updated.

Windows

kited.exe

This is the main Kite process. It is responsible for communicating with the Kite backend and handles all data flow to and from the cloud. It also manages displaying the menubar (system tray) icon.

Kite.exe

This is the Sidebar UI that ships with Kite. It will not work unless kited.exe is running. You can exit out of the Sidebar at anytime and reopen it using the menubar icon.

Note: The Sidebar is powered by Electron, which spawns multiple processes. That is why there are multiple processes with this name.

KiteService.exe

This is a process that ensures that Kite is updated.