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MacOS: killing Chrome from the terminal

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/06/14

Every now and then, Chrome hangs to badly on MacOS that the whole Mac GUI becomes unresponsive so even the “Force Quit” dialog does not appear.

Sometimes you are lucky enough that you have a (remote) terminal shell open.

Then you can do either of these:

  • Less hard kill:
    • killall 'Google Chrome'
    • killall Google\ Chrome
  • Hard kill:
    • killall -9 'Google Chrome'
    • killall -9 Google\ Chrome

The less hard kill sometimes brings up an unresponsive task and still allows you to save any changed.



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