Killing a Process

Teach yourself how to kill any process in bash in this lesson.



The kill command is used on Linux shell to terminate processes without having to log out or reboot the computer. Hence, it is specifically important to the stability of such systems.


kill [signal or option] PID(s)


If it is required to terminate the process with PID 468:

kill 468

If this fails, a stronger signal 9 (SIGKILL) should be used.

kill 9 468

There are more than 60 signals that can be used with the command kill. The whole list can be viewed bu using kill along with its option -l:

kill -l

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