How to Shutdown or Reboot Debian 10 (Buster)

Debian 10 has now fully switched to Systemd which means that the traditional commands to halt or reboot a system like 'shutdown -h now' or 'reboot' will not work anymore. First of all, run the command as root user. If you are not logged in as root, prepend the sudo command. Here are their systemd equivalents which need to be used on Debian 10:

Shutdown Debian 10

The command to shut down (power off) a Debian 10 system is:

systemctl poweroff

Reboot Debian 10

If you want to reboot your server or Desktop, use this command:

systemctl reboot

10 thoughts on “How to Shutdown or Reboot Debian 10 (Buster)”

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    Thanks for the tips

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    why change?
    If it works one way, that’s why Linux only loses the public.
    NetPlan another disaster, a programming language for changing a network configuration, ridiculous
    improve what already exists, this is efficiency.
    sometimes less is more…

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    This is stupid!! There is to internet to look for how poweroff the machine. ALL the time poweroff now it doenst work
    What is the benefit about this!

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    Why? Why it is changed reboot to systemctl reboot? Why?

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    i used debian more than 10 years and someone change commands in all system. this is sample how people can destroy what was good

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    I use ssh to connect to Buster. Here are the old commands availbale.

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    I’d like to know the name of idiots who proposed and accepted those changes.

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    systemd… I’ll use Gentoo with OpenRC for a few more years 😉

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    The command still are there:

    /sbin/reboot /sbin/halt…

    Just add this lines in .bashrc: export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin

    More info here:



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