Usually this works as root

service network-manager stop

But last time it didn't. There was some message like "no such service". Strangely today, after a reboot it works!

Yesterday I also tried:

/etc/init.d/network-manager stop

But that doesen't exist.


killall NetworkManager

but it seems to restart immediately.

Wild Man found a link that says there may be a bug in 13.10 and if you use sudo in front of all the commands like I have them written in the answer then they will work. Even if you are root you still have to use sudo. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2181441
Or Why could the service command fail?

How do I definitely stop NetworkManager, even if the service command doesn't work?

  • Try sudo stop network-manager or sudo stop --system network-manager.
    – Rmano
    Feb 26, 2014 at 15:53

1 Answer 1


Try closing all NetworkManager processes via the "system manager" tool. It's similar to "Task Manager" in Windows.

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