Did your Nautilus file manager application become unresponsive and refuse to close or reboot?

On Ubuntu, you can force quit the Nautilus file manager 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 Nautilus file manager on your machine:

    
      sudo pkill -9 nautilus
    
  

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 Nautilus running on your machine should now be closed and terminated.

If you don't want to kill all the Nautilus related 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 Nautilus and then use the sudo kill -9 PID command to kill that specific process.

You can list all the processes running the Nautilus file manager with this command:

    
      ps aux | grep nautilus
    
  

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

This will output something that looks like the following:

    
      nick     11915  0.0  0.0  14220   968 pts/24   S+   03:55   0:00 grep --color=auto nautilus
    
  

The first number you see in the output after the username (11915 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 nautilus | awk '{ print $2 }'
    
  

This output will look like this:

    
      9895
      11915
    
  

Now that you have the PID/s for the process running Nautilus, 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!