The Terminal app icon in Launchpad
Terminal is the name of the command-line interface app to your computer. This app is all about text commands, but don’t be scared! With the right commands it’s hard to go wrong.*
Jul 07, 2015 Force an App to Quit by Using Terminal. Instantly stop a certain app from running by using Terminal through the use of the kill command. In order to force a command to quit using Terminal, the first step is to find the process ID (PID) of the target app you want to shut down. Launch terminal and run the command ps -ax. This will output a list of the current processes running.
- Open Finder at the very left of your Dock at the bottom of your screen.
- In the window that opens, find Applications in the sidebar.
- With Applications selected, open the Accessories folder.
- Click Terminal. There we are!
Alternatively, click LaunchpadDownload old versions of mac software. in your Dock and find Terminal there by searching for it (just start typing!) or finding the folder called “Other”.
Did this help you find the Terminal app in OS X?
*Caution/Disclaimer: It’s always a good idea to take a backup of your computer’s contents before you attempt to change any system files. Follow all advice in this article at your own risk.
Mac Terminal App
1- Open Terminal
2- Type: top on the shell
3- Find the number of the process you what to terminate Exp: If you what to kill NortonMiss it will be display like this:
262 NortonMiss 0.0% 0:00.02 1 21 19 68K 540K 436K 27.5M
4- You can't kill this process, is system protected, you need to logon as superuser, to do this, open an other window of the shell and type:
sudo kill 262
(the number of the process is different on each session, and depending on the application or process you what to terminate)
5- You'll be ask for your password, type it and press enter, the app will be kill! (when typing the password, it will not be display on the screen). To cancel the kill press CTRL+Z
Some system process will reboot after they are killed, but this command is usefull if the process hang up, when is rebooted it will work again on most cases.
A superuser have access to all the process and has no restriction on the use of commands on UNIX. Be sure not to reveal the password of your computer to anybody, because if they logon as superuser on your mac, they can deleted any folder.
Use very caution on the use of the 'sudo' command.
iMac (Summer 2001) 600Mhz RAM=384MB Slot loading Mac OS X (10.3.5) CD-RW, 40 GB hard drive, Slot loading CD-RW
Mac Os Kill App
iMac (Summer 2001) 600Mhz RAM=384MB Slot loading, Mac OS X (10.3.5), CD-RW, 40 GB hard drive, Slot loading CD-RW