How can I close all opened Nautilus (explorer) windows from the terminal?


2 Answers 2

nautilus -q


killall nautilus

If nautilus is in the middle of doing something you should use the first command as it allows nautilus to exit gracefully. The second command just "terminates" nautilus so if invoked in the middle of e.g. a copy/move operation you might end up with corrupted data.

  • killall nautilus didn't work for me (over ssh). Nov 19, 2020 at 3:40
  • nautilus --quit
    – user598527
    May 26, 2023 at 7:42
pkill nautilus

Or to kill everything with nautilus in the name, while insisting:

pkill -9 -f nautilus
  • do not kill -9
    – Lesmana
    Jun 9, 2013 at 13:42
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    The side-effects of kill -9 are no big deal. I agree that the executable should have had a chance to shut down cleanly first, but "do not kill -9" gives associations to parents that want their child to wear a helmet at all times.
    – Alexander
    Jun 9, 2013 at 15:40
  • 1
    Yeah, not using kill -9 is impractical. In a perfect world, we don't even need to use pkill at all. Nov 19, 2020 at 3:41

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