How To Stop Linux Service

Linux is a versatile operating system used by millions across the globe. At the core of its functionality are Linux services, background processes that are an integral part of the Linux ecosystem. Sometimes, it becomes necessary to stop these services either for maintenance, or to save system resources, or to resolve a conflict.

In this blog post, we are going to learn about different methods to stop a Linux service. We will be using Systemd and SysVinit as service management interfaces in this guide.

1. Stopping a Service Using Systemd

The Systemd system and service manager are used in most new Linux distributions. To stop a running service with Systemd, the systemctl stop command is used. The general syntax is as follows:

systemctl stop servicename

Replace servicename with the name of your service.

For example, to stop the Apache service, you would use:

systemctl stop apache2

2. Stopping a Service Using SysVinit

For older distributions of Linux that use the SysVinit system, you can use the service command to stop a service. The general syntax is:

service servicename stop

Again, replace servicename with the name of the service you want to stop.

For instance, to stop the SSH service, you would use:

service ssh stop

3. Confirming That the Service Has Stopped

After you’ve executed one of the above commands to stop the service, it’s good practice to check whether the service has indeed stopped. This can be done using the status command in both Systemd and SysVinit.

For Systemd, use:

systemctl status servicename

For SysVinit, use:

service servicename status

If the service has successfully stopped, the output will show that the service is inactive or stopped.


By following this guide, you’ll be able to confidently stop Linux services when required. It’s a straightforward process but one that is necessary for managing and maintaining your Linux system efficiently. Always remember to check the status of your services after stopping them to ensure they have been fully stopped.