How To Stop Linux Script

Linux scripting is a powerful tool that allows users to automate system tasks and create new functionalities. However, there are times when you may need to stop a running script due to various reasons such as system errors, performance issues, or simply because you’ve realized a mistake in your script. In this blog post, we will explore how you can effectively stop a Linux script.

Stopping a Linux Script using the Terminal

The most popular method of stopping a Linux script is using the terminal. To stop a Linux script that’s running in the foreground, you use the Ctrl + C command. This command sends the SIGINT signal, which terminates the script.

Stopping a Linux Script using the Process ID (PID)

If your script is running in the background, you’ll first need to find the Process ID (PID) of the script. This can be done using the ps command followed by the grep command with the name of your script.

ps aux | grep your_script_name

This command will output the details of the process, including its PID. Once you have the PID, you can stop the script by using the kill command followed by the PID.

kill PID

Stopping a Linux Script using the pkill command

An alternative way to stop a script without finding its PID first is by using the pkill command followed by the script name. This command will send a signal to terminate the process.

pkill your_script_name


Stopping a Linux script is a straightforward process whether it’s running in the foreground or background. Remember, it’s essential to stop scripts properly to prevent system errors or data corrupting. We hope this guide has been helpful and wish you the best of luck in your Linux scripting journey!