exit – Exit the current shell

The exit command is used to terminate the current shell. This command can be used in any shell, including the bash shell, to exit the current shell session.


The exit command is used to terminate the current shell session. This command takes no arguments and simply terminates the shell session. When the shell is terminated, any child processes that were started by the shell will also be terminated.




To use the exit command, simply type exit at the command prompt:

$ exit

This will terminate the current shell session and return the user to the parent shell.


The exit command does not have any options.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues with the exit command, it may be due to a problem with the shell environment. In some cases, you may need to restart the shell or log out and log back in to resolve the issue.


  • The exit command is commonly used in shell scripts to terminate the script.
  • If the shell session is terminated due to a signal or error, the exit status of the shell will be non-zero.