Did your Spotify desktop application become unresponsive and refuse to close or reboot?

On Ubuntu, you can force quit the Spotify desktop application by using the pkill command in your terminal.

If you don't already have a terminal window open, you can open one with the CTRL+ALT+T keyboard shortcut.

Then, execute this command in your terminal to kill all processes running Spotify on your machine:

      sudo pkill -9 spotify

This command runs the pkill command with the -9 option, which is the SIGTERM signals used to tell a process to terminate.

After successfully running that command, all the instances of Spotify running on your machine should now be closed and terminated.

If you don't want to kill all the Spotify processes running on your machine, you can also kill individual processes. To do this, you need to first list out all the PIDs (Process Identifiers) running Spotify and then use the sudo kill -9 PID command to kill that specific process.

You can list all the processes running the Spotify with this command:

      ps aux | grep spotify

The command uses ps aux to get all the processes running on your machine and then grep spotify to filter out everything but processes running Spotify.

This will output something that looks like the following:

      nick      9056  2.0  0.6 2783156 100848 ?      Sl   04:17   0:00 /usr/share/spotify/spotify

The first number you see in the output after the username (9056 in the example output above) is the PID for that specific process.

You can also modify the output to only show the PID numbers:

      ps aux | grep spotify | awk '{ print $2 }'

This output will look like this:


Now that you have the PID/s for the process running Spotify, you can end it with this command:

      sudo kill -9 PID

That will kill only the specific PID number you give to the command.

Thanks for reading!