How to kill and restart Nautilus

Nautilus is the default file explorer used in Ubuntu. Sometimes, you may need to kill and restart it to see the effect of installing or removing a program.

The easiest way to kill Nautilus is:

$ nautilus -q

You can restart it after this. If that does not work, you may need to log out and log back in. But, this is almost never needed.

Tried with: Nautilus 3.4.2 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

5 thoughts on “How to kill and restart Nautilus

  1. If one searches the web for ‘how to restart nautilus’ invariably one finds the following:
    (1) At terminal enter ‘nautilus -q’
    (2) Restart nautilus
    Maddening, right?
    Here is the actual step (2) At terminal enter ‘nautilus’
    I had to find this out by trial and error. Hope it helps someone.


  2. If typing nautilus (or nemo for the Mint users) to restart it from the terminal window fails, try going through the applications menu, searching for the program there and starting it by clicking on it.


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