How To Quit Linux Terminal

Linux Terminal, also known as the command line, is a powerful tool that gives users direct access to Unix commands in a Linux operating system. It is an essential part of any Linux user’s toolkit. However, new users might find themselves in situations where they are unsure how to exit or quit the terminal. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of quitting the Linux Terminal.

Method 1: Using the Exit Command

One of the simplest ways to quit the Linux Terminal is by using the exit command. This command will terminate the terminal session. To use it, simply type exit and press enter.

This is what it looks like:


Once you hit the enter key, your terminal session will be closed immediately.

Method 2: Using the Shortcut

If you’re more comfortable using keyboard shortcuts, there’s a quick way to quit the terminal, too. By pressing Ctrl + D, you can exit your terminal session. This shortcut sends an EOF (End of File) character which signals the end of the terminal session.

Note: You need to make sure your command line is empty before pressing this shortcut. If there’s any text on your command line, it will be cleared.

Method 3: Clicking the Close Button

Last but not least, like any other application window, you can quit the Linux Terminal by clicking the close button on the terminal window. This method might feel more intuitive to users transitioning from a GUI-based operating system like Windows or macOS.

Remember, exiting the Terminal doesn’t necessarily mean that all running processes will be terminated. Some processes will continue to run in the background. If you want to ensure that a process is terminated when you exit, you should stop the process before leaving the terminal.

We hope this guide has been helpful in showing you how to quit the Linux Terminal. Feel free to experiment and find what method works best for you!