I started monerod as a background daemon with the --detach flag.

Suppose I want to restart my computer, how do I gracefully stop the process?

Can I just kill it?

Thanks in advance.

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Run monerod exit. You can also just kill the process but you might lose the last batch of blocks that way.

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    Thanks. I didn't realize it was that easy … I thought it would attempt to start another process, which is not the case. Just tried monerod exit, monerod status, works great.
    – dpzz
    Sep 6, 2016 at 21:53
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    For completeness: the exit command will save the blockchain and close the daemon gracefully if not running with the --detach flag.
    – well_then
    Oct 25, 2016 at 17:14
  • What is the difference between stop_daemon and exit -- why do the both exist? Aug 27, 2018 at 11:56

When you've started monerod with the --rpc-bind-ip option (and --confirm-external-bind), you should also reference that when sending commands, such as exit (or status). For example, the following wouldn't work anymore:

$ monerod exit
Creating the logger system
Error: Couldn't connect to daemon

You'd need to do it like this instead:

$ monerod exit --rpc-bind-ip ….….….…
Creating the logger system
Stop signal sent

As for Unix signals:

kill -TERM

Seems to also send the correct shutdown for a clean exit.

Tested on monerod on macOS.


Bring monerod process that is running in the background into the foreground and then type exit.

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    Only applicable if you'd ^Z'd it, which is not the case in the question.
    – user36303
    May 9, 2017 at 13:31

As of version, dpzz's answer doesn't appear to work. Specifically, if you start the daemon with --rpc-bind-ip, referencing that in the commands to send to the daemon doesn't successfully locate the daemon.

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    Still works for me: monerod --rpc-bind-ip ….….….… --confirm-external-bind --detach followed by monerod --rpc-bind-ip ….….….… exit. File an issue on GitHub please if the problem persists. Also, you should comment on an answer here, rather than post a comment as an answer.
    – dpzz
    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:16

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