How to Kill Processes on UNIX Based Operating Systems

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 posted by CSch

This guide explains how to kill processes on Unix based operating
systems.

To kill a process you need to know its Process ID (PID). To find out that, open a terminal and enter

ps -e

The list of processes has two columns that are important for you, which are PID and CMD. CMD gives you the name of the process whereas PID gives you the ID. Search the list for the process you want to kill and enter

kill -9 PID

Replace PID with the PID of the process you want to kill. This procedure is similar to the one of Windows’ Task Manager.

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