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 '17 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 – gromit190 Nov 9 '17 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 '17 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 '17 at 9:32
  • @pomsky Installing TopIcons Plus was a great solution, thanks! – gromit190 Nov 9 '17 at 9:34

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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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 – DaveStSomeWhere Nov 7 '18 at 15:07
  • 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.

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  • This works as advertised on Pop!_OS. – ShapeOfMatter Apr 5 at 19:29

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