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How can I shut down or reboot Ubuntu using terminal commands?

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up vote 532 down vote accepted

For shutdown:

sudo poweroff

For restart:

sudo reboot
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Open your terminal with CTRL+ALT+T and do these following commands

To shutdown the system:

sudo shutdown -h now 

To restart:

sudo reboot

& one more command for restart:

sudo shutdown -r now

Another way as one of the user mentioned.

For shutdown:

sudo halt


sudo init 0 

For restart:

sudo init 6

You can get more info on the shutdown command by using one of the following:

  • shutdown --help
  • man shutdown
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You can also restart using sudo shutdown -r now. – Yamaneko Feb 8 '13 at 16:38
you can also shutdown with sudo halt or sudo init 0 and reboot with sudo init 6 – fromnaboo Apr 23 '13 at 15:17
@fromnaboo you can improve the answer my dear friend. we don't mind. please improve the answer as best as you can. – Raja Apr 23 '13 at 15:18
@jai the target is to offer the op and everyone else alternative ways of doing what he has asked. – fromnaboo Apr 23 '13 at 15:21
It seems shutdown -r now is preferable to reboot as the second can put you into maintenance mode – ubiquibacon May 11 '14 at 11:44

Hate passwords (sudo) and love one-liners?

For Ubuntu 14.10 or earlier:


/usr/bin/dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit" /org/freedesktop/ConsoleKit/Manager org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit.Manager.Stop


/usr/bin/dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit" /org/freedesktop/ConsoleKit/Manager org.freedesktop.ConsoleKit.Manager.Restart

Other commands you may like:


/usr/bin/dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.UPower" /org/freedesktop/UPower org.freedesktop.UPower.Suspend

Hibernate: (if enabled on your system)

/usr/bin/dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.UPower" /org/freedesktop/UPower org.freedesktop.UPower.Hibernate

For Ubuntu 15.04 and later:

(This is due to Ubuntu's shift in using systemd instead of Upstart)

systemctl poweroff

systemctl reboot

systemctl suspend

systemctl hibernate

systemctl hybrid-sleep

Since hibernate is normally disabled by default in Ubuntu systems, you can enable this by checking this answer:

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I always wondered how the GUI shutdown the system without needing sudo. I assume this is it. – triunenature Jul 28 '15 at 14:23


sudo shutdown -h (TIME) (MESSAGE)

this will shutdown your computer and halt it. That is what the -h is for. Then, in the time area you can choose the shutdown delay ( in minutes ) and if you want you can send a brodcast message in the message area ( like goodbye, or I'm shutting the thing down :P ).

To restart the computer type

sudo shutdown -r (time) (message)

Now, instead of shuting it down and halting it, you will restart your computer once it's shutdown. :) Best of luck

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As systemctl is been using these days from Ubuntu 15.04 ,

  • to shutdown systemctl poweroff
  • to reboot systemctl reboot
  • to susupend systemctl suspend
  • to hibernate systemctl hibernate

Hope that helps.

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Please mentioned which version of Ubuntu this applies to – Serg Dec 5 '15 at 3:18

On 16.04 no need of sudo

To shutdown :


To Reboot :

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16.04 removes the sudo need? Great! – Bharadwaj Raju Jun 15 at 10:18

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