Force kill the process by name Linux

Suppose that you need to force kill a process by name or parameters in Linux. You can do it using this bash command:

ps ax | grep "<your_app_name>" | awk '{print $1}' | xargs kill -9 $1

Let’s analyze this set of the commands:

  • Execute ps ax. This command will list the processes on the system.
  • Next, we find in this list those processes that have the text in their name or parameters using grep "text".
  • The command awk '{print $1}' will print only the first column of the processes pid.
  • Then xargs kill -9 $1 will forcefully stop all found processes using their pid.

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