How To Exit Centos Terminal

Exiting the CentOS terminal can sometimes be a bit confusing, especially for beginners. But fear not, as I’m here to guide you through the process step by step. As a longtime CentOS user, I’ve had my fair share of experiences with the terminal and have come to appreciate its power and flexibility.

Before we delve into the different methods of exiting the CentOS terminal, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the command line interface. The terminal allows us to interact directly with our operating system, giving us ultimate control over our machine. It’s a place where we can execute powerful commands, automate tasks, and truly understand the inner workings of our system.

Method 1: Using the exit command

The simplest and most common way to exit the CentOS terminal is by using the exit command. This command terminates the current shell session and returns you to the previous environment.

To use the exit command, simply type it followed by a press of the Enter/Return key. You will see the terminal window close, and you’ll be returned to the desktop or the command prompt from which you launched the terminal.

It’s important to note that if you have multiple terminal tabs or windows open, the exit command will only close the current one. You’ll need to repeat the command for each open terminal you wish to close.

Method 2: Using the keyboard shortcut

Another quick way to exit the CentOS terminal is by using a keyboard shortcut. By pressing Ctrl + d, you can achieve the same result as using the exit command. This shortcut is especially handy when you’re working with a lot of open terminal tabs and want to close them in a swift motion.

It’s worth noting that the Ctrl + d shortcut not only exits the terminal but also sends an end-of-file signal to the shell. This is useful to know if you’re working with a script or program that listens for this signal to terminate.

Method 3: Closing the terminal window

If you’re using a graphical user interface (GUI) to access the CentOS terminal, such as GNOME Terminal or KDE Konsole, you can simply close the window to exit the terminal. Find the close button, usually denoted by an “X” symbol, either in the top right corner or the title bar of the terminal window. Clicking on this button will close the window and terminate the terminal session.

Keep in mind that closing the terminal window using this method will also terminate any processes or programs running within the terminal. Make sure to save your work or terminate any long-running processes before closing the window to avoid losing any data or progress.


So there you have it – three methods to exit the CentOS terminal. Whether you prefer using the exit command, the Ctrl + d shortcut, or simply closing the terminal window, you now have the knowledge to gracefully exit the command line interface.

Remember, the terminal is a powerful tool that opens up a world of possibilities. Don’t be afraid to explore and experiment with different commands and utilities. With practice and curiosity, you’ll become a master of the command line in no time.