I have some weird Skype crashes today. If I try to close it via the X nothing happens. I tried to kill the process over the KDE Process Manager (Ctrl+ESC).

I even tried to kill Skype via the terminal:

killall skype
kill (skypes process number)

None of the both worked. Right now I got to relogin to get it working again, and it keeps crashing every 15mins. I'm using KDE 4.7 and Ubuntu 11.10.

6 Answers 6


These days killall will also let you pass in a signal (to save you needing to look up a PID):

killall -9 skype
  • doesnt work for skype ATM: skype: no process found
    – SCBuergel
    Mar 15, 2017 at 14:25
  • You should have to sure with process name, or use process id instead $(pgrep skype) Feb 4, 2020 at 10:33

use this :

kill -9 $(pgrep skype)

  • 2
    Instead of looking for the pid, use kill -9 $(pgrep skype).
    – Nahydrin
    Dec 31, 2011 at 22:39

To kill a process/application in a Terminal type

$ ps -e | grep skype

this will show the skype process ID

e.g, it shows,

2338 ?        00:00:33 skype


$ kill 2338

in GUI configure a short cut key for xKill, (like I have configured to Ctrl + Alt + Bkspace) once you will press the combination, you will get a small cross symbol X instead of mouse cursor .... select the application window with that cross cursor with mouse and it will kill that application.

  • man there are much faster ways. these aren't 90s anymore :D
    – ubuntico
    Oct 30, 2013 at 10:58

I automated all this:

  1. Made a stop-skype.sh file which contained:
    kill $(ps aux | grep '[s]kype' | awk '{print $2}')
  1. Made this file executeable

  2. In /usr/share/applications, made skype-shutdown.desktop containing:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Skype Shutdown
Comment=Shut down Skype running in the background
  1. Made a stop-skype.png file which you can download from http://www.freemed.info/.download/stop-skype.png

  2. Opened Files and dragged the /usr/share/applications/skype-shutdown.desktop to Cairo Dock.

This resulted in an icon on which one can click to stop all Skype processes.

See: http://www.freemed.info/.download/Skype-shutdown.png

kill -9 `ps -ef |grep skype | awk {print'$2'}`


  1. ps -ef lists all proccess .

  2. grep skype filters only skype proccess

  3. awk {print'$2'} retrieves the 2nd column of output which is PID


Create a bat-file and put this in:

taskkill /f /im "SkypeApp.exe" /im "Skype.exe" /im "SkypeBackgroundHost.exe" /im "SkypeBridge.exe"

Open task scheduler and create a task on logon with 1 minute delay and link it to the bat-file.

After restart roll-over the skype icon and it will disappear (it's a refresh :)

  • Please do correct me if I'm misunderstanding, but this appears to be about how to solve the problem on Windows rather than Ubuntu! Nov 30, 2022 at 14:37

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