# How to Kill a Process by Name in Linux?

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This article shows you how to use the Linux pkill command to kill running processes within Linux by using a name. Pkill (see pgrep) is a command-line utility while Solaris 7 process is running. pkill works on a currently active running process and lists down process ID’s which matches with the criteria.

To kill a process by name in Linux, use the following command –

pkill

To get a list of process in Linux, use the following command –

$ps -A The sample output should be like this – PID TTY TIME CMD 1 ? 00:00:01 systemd 2 ? 00:00:00 kthreadd 3 ? 00:00:00 ksoftirqd/0 5 ? 00:00:00 kworker/0:0H 7 ? 00:00:17 rcu_sched 8 ? 00:00:00 rcu_bh 9 ? 00:00:00 migration/0 10 ? 00:00:00 watchdog/0 11 ? 00:00:00 watchdog/1 12 ? 00:00:00 migration/1 13 ? 00:00:00 ksoftirqd/1 15 ? 00:00:00 kworker/1:0H 16 ? 00:00:00 watchdog/2 17 ? 00:00:00 migration/2 18 ? 00:00:00 ksoftirqd/2 20 ? 00:00:00 kworker/2:0H 21 ? 00:00:00 watchdog/3 22 ? 00:00:00 migration/3 23 ? 00:00:00 ksoftirqd/3 25 ? 00:00:00 kworker/3:0H 26 ? 00:00:00 kdevtmpfs 27 ? 00:00:00 netns 28 ? 00:00:00 perf 29 ? 00:00:00 khungtaskd 30 ? 00:00:00 writeback 31 ? 00:00:00 ksmd 32 ? 00:00:00 khugepaged 33 ? 00:00:00 crypto 34 ? 00:00:00 kintegrityd 35 ? 00:00:00 bioset 36 ? 00:00:00 kblockd 37 ? 00:00:00 ata_sff 38 ? 00:00:00 md 39 ? 00:00:00 devfreq_wq 44 ? 00:00:00 kswapd0 45 ? 00:00:00 vmstat 46 ? 00:00:00 fsnotify_mark 47 ? 00:00:00 ecryptfs-kthrea 63 ? 00:00:00 kthrotld 64 ? 00:00:00 acpi_thermal_pm 65 ? 00:00:00 bioset 66 ? 00:00:00 bioset 67 ? 00:00:00 bioset ............................................... To kill the process using name, use the following command – $sudo pkill apache2

To verify the above command, use the following command –

\$ ps -A

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Published on 22-Jan-2020 12:38:36