Excellent Utilities: fkill – kill processes quick and easy

Last Updated on May 22, 2022

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The software can force a kill if the normal kill behavior fails. If the kill instruction fails, fkill will prompt you whether to use the “force” action. You can also apply the “force” instruction directly with the –force or -f flag.

The utility only lists processes owned by the user. So a regular user without root administrative privileges will not see system processes.

Documentation is bereft, but running fkill with the –help flag helps you on your way with a few useful examples.

[sde@thames ~]$ fkill --help

  Fabulously kill processes. Cross-platform.

    $ fkill [<pid|name|:port> …]

    --force -f    Force kill
    --verbose -v  Show process arguments
    --silent -s   Silently kill and always exit with code 0

    $ fkill 1337
    $ fkill safari
    $ fkill :8080
    $ fkill 1337 safari :8080
    $ fkill

  To kill a port, prefix it with a colon. For example: :8080.

  Run without arguments to use the interactive interface.
  The process name is case insensitive.

On Mac OS X and Linux the process name is truncated to 15 characters.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

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