I have seen some previous post about logout from terminal but those were for old versions. I didnt find the way for logout in Ubuntu 13.10 from terminal.

How can I logout from terminal in Ubuntu 13.10 ?

  • Typing exit doesn't work?
    – To Do
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 9:12
  • Ctrl-D? (Feel like I'm missing something in this question...)
    – Ash
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 9:17
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    askubuntu.com/questions/15795/… don't work?
    – Takkat
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 9:32
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    "... and above" should include all releases greater than 11.10 (12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04 ...) - if any of these procedures stopped working we'd urgently need to edit the answers there to say so.
    – Takkat
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 9:56
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    If you've seen a previous post and you've tested it, make sure you a link to it and show us what didn't work.
    – Oli
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 10:26

4 Answers 4


gnome-session-quit --no-prompt will log you out of an existing Unity session, without a prompt.


I usually do a killall -u <your-user-name> to stop my current session and clean-up any remaining processes of mine.

  • cant to do this , because its not safe.
    – Raja G
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 9:31
  • what is not safe about it?
    – MadMike
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 9:32
  • aarklonlinuxinfo.blogspot.in/2008/07/kill-9-1.html
    – Raja G
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 9:46
  • killall -u <username> will only kill the <user-name> processes (ie. no root-processes will be harmed). Additionally I don't say to kill it with -9. Your link doesn't relate to my answer at all.
    – MadMike
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 9:55
  • @rajagenupula still not convinced yet? Please explain some more what is wrong with my answer.
    – MadMike
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 12:37

If you are in a gnome / unity environment, you could use the gnome-session-quit command, you could use gnome-session-quit --no-prompt if you don't want to choose between lock or logout.

If you are in a pure terminal (no X-environment) exit should do the trick


You can use dbus signal to logout from the desktop, with dbus-send:

dbus-send --session --type=method_call --print-reply --dest=org.gnome.SessionManager /org/gnome/SessionManager org.gnome.SessionManager.Logout uint32:1

Tested with gnome and unity.

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