When I click X or use ALT+F4 to close Discord, the application disappears from the taskbar. But I'm still online, receiving messages and notifications in Ubuntu when new messages arrive.

So how do I actually close the application? I'd rather not have to use the terminal every time I want to close it. (Not bashing the terminal, but I feel I shouldn't have to use it for this)

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    Discord is an application that stays open as background application with a panel icon. Not sure how this looks in new Gnome, but under Unity you would have a Discord icon in your panel (top bar). Clicking on that should show you a menu allowing to quit it.
    – Byte Commander
    Nov 9, 2017 at 9:24
  • You're right. But there's no such icon in the top bar now (in GNOME), maybe the icon is accessed somewhere else now
    – birgersp
    Nov 9, 2017 at 9:26
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    As purely temporary solution. Could you use xkill Alt+F2 and type xkill then you have cursor as X and kill it before you clinck on x
    – NexusStar
    Nov 9, 2017 at 9:29
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    @NexusStar A better similar workaround would probably be to run something like killall discord through Alt-F2...
    – Byte Commander
    Nov 9, 2017 at 9:32
  • @pomsky Installing TopIcons Plus was a great solution, thanks!
    – birgersp
    Nov 9, 2017 at 9:34

3 Answers 3


I don't know why nobody is aware this shortcut but here it is: Ctrl + q shuts Discord down.

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    I wasn't aware of this, where is it documented? Glad it works as desired on Ubuntu 18.04 Nov 7, 2018 at 15:07
  • This still works (Ubuntu 20.04 in 2022 here), probably on ANY window manager ! (i3 / regolith here)
    – gfd
    May 12, 2022 at 18:21
  • Still works on Ubuntu 22.04 May 2022. May 19, 2022 at 14:28
  • Click on the Cog icon(⚙️) in Left bottom to open User Settings.


  • Go to Linux Settings and disable "Minimise to Tray".


  • Click on "X" to close the app.
  • To check whether app is running or not, look for "Discord" in System Monitor, or open a terminal and run

    ps aux | grep discord

    The output will show that no Discord process running now.

  • This works as advertised on Pop!_OS. Apr 5, 2020 at 19:29
  • This should be the accepted answer.
    – Kalnode
    Mar 23, 2021 at 20:58

Discord stays open as a background application with a system tray icon. The "Ubuntu appindicators" extension which is responsible for showing these icons, fails to show many app icons, electron based apps especially.

You may install TopIcons Plus extension to show the icon for Discord.


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