How to Force Quit VLC on Ubuntu
How do you force quit an unresponsive VLC application on a Ubuntu operating system?
You kill the application by first finding what PID (Process Identifier) it's currently running on with the
ps aux | grep vlccommand. And then you can use the
sudo kill -9 PIDcommand to kill the application.
The first step is to open a new terminal window (
Then, we need to get the process id VLC is currently running on. You can get that information with this command:
$ ps aux | grep vlc
This will output info on any of the processes currently running VLC on your machine. The output will look similar to this:
username 20296 0.2 0.3 1243700 63276 ? Sl 19:51 0:00 /usr/bin/vlc --started-from-file
The first number (
20296in the example output above) is the PID that we need for our next command to kill the process.
Here is the command to kill the VLC application using the PID (replace the yellow text with your PID):
sudo kill -9 PID
That will completely kill your VLC application on that process.
Thanks for reading!