Logging out other users from the command line

Sometimes when there are too many users logged in it can cause my computer to become very slow and laggy due to low amount of available RAM. I would like to be able to quickly log out the other users from the command line instead of manually switching into each user and logging them out.

Is this possible?

Asked By: Isaiah


this is one answer

who -u

that give you the PID

Then you can kill the user session.

kill "pid"
Answered By: hhlp

You may use who to check which users are logged in:


You can log-out the user by sending the KILL signal to the user-process with:

sudo pkill -KILL -u <username>

(which is same as sudo pkill -9 -u <username>)


sudo pkill -9 -u guest-2Rw4Lq

(to kill a guest session user named guest-2Rw4Lq)

Note (kudos to pbhj): If you get locked in a console, use Ctrl+Alt+F7 to get back to the GUI.

Answered By: precise
who -u

> adam     ttys000  Aug  4 09:22   .       91228 


sudo kill 'PID number'
sudo kill 91228

PID (process ID) is the four or five digit number at the end of the user readout (91228)

Answered By: adm
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