How to shutdown or reboot Linux

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Date: 2015-07-04 21:05:32 00:00

How to shutdown or reboot a Linux computer from the command line?

Well it is actually one of the first things you learn when you administer servers via ssh, let’s start with restart.


You need to be root to be able to restart a Linux system, or you can use sudo (provided you are in the sudoers file)

sudo reboot

Another way to do it is to use shutdown command.

shutdown -r now

The r switch will That will reboot the computer inmediately, if you want to add a delay.

shutdown -r +15

That command will reboot the computer 15 minutes after the issue of the command. You might also want to reboot the computer at a specific time:

shutdown -r 17:15

This is pretty self explanatory, it will restart at 17:15 hours, be sure to use the 24 hours format. Let’s now write about shutdown instead of reboot.

We are going to use the same shutdown command, just this time with h switch instead of r. The h stands for halt and the r for reboot. So to turn off the computer at this very moment use this command.

shutdown -h now

And if you want to do it with a delay.

shutdown -h +15

That will enter a fifteen minutes delay after the issue of the command. If you want to turn it off at a specific time.

shutdown -h 17:15

Just like with the reboot example, this will turn the Linux computer off at 17:15, and once again you need to use the 24 time format.