How to Terminate a running process via command line?

September 01, 2015 - 17:50

We have all User Interface germs, if there no UI for a particular process. We get into a great trouble. One such program that comes handy in such situation is command prompt. All might have terminated a running process from task manager, may not through command prompt.

TOP Command

Prior to terminating, first make sure which program need to be terminated. Every program have a machine name. To know the all the running processes along with its machine just type,


to the command prompt.

Now you see a list of programs running. Select the program to be terminated. Lets say, web browser `Firefox` has to be shut down. For firefox its machine name is `Firefox` itself. All need to be done to kill firefox is,

killall Firefox;

There are many commands in terminal that could let us do many things much better, swifter and secured than UI.

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