How To Get Out Of Zsh


Getting out of zsh is a common need for many users, and I’ve encountered this situation myself more times than I can count. Sometimes you just need to exit zsh and go back to the regular terminal environment, and that’s exactly what I’m here to help you with. So, let’s dive into how to gracefully step out of zsh and back into your familiar shell.

Exiting the zsh Shell

Exiting the zsh shell is a simple process, and I often find myself doing it multiple times in a single session. All you need to do is type the command exit and press Enter. This will gracefully terminate the zsh environment and take you back to your default shell.

Alternate Method: Using Ctrl+D

If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you can also use the Ctrl+D combination to exit zsh. When you press Ctrl+D while in the zsh environment, it sends an EOF (end-of-file) signal, which effectively closes the zsh shell and returns you to the regular terminal.

Switching to Another Shell

Sometimes, instead of just exiting zsh, you may want to switch to another shell altogether. If you have multiple shells installed on your system, you can use the chsh command to change your default shell. For example, if you want to switch to the bash shell, you can use the command:

chsh -s /bin/bash


So, there you have it! Exiting zsh and returning to your default shell is a straightforward process. Whether you prefer using the exit command or the Ctrl+D shortcut, getting out of zsh is an essential skill for any terminal user. And if you ever feel the need to switch to a different shell, the chsh command has got you covered. Now, go forth and navigate your terminal environment with confidence!