How to restart Gnome Shell on Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you can restart GNOME Shell or the GUI using the following methods: There are several different methods available for restarting the Gnome shell on Ubuntu. You can do that without closing or shutting down all other applications. Helps recover Gnome Desktop freezes and apply system configuration changes.

Restart Gnome Shell without closing other programs

Method 1:

On the GNOME desktop, press the Alt + F2 key combination at the same time. Open a command box. Just type it in. r Press Enter in the command box.

Not all applications are closed when using X11. If you are using Wayland, all other applications will be closed.

Method 2:

You can do the same using the command line. Open a terminal (ctrl + alt + t) command line application and run this command.

busctl --user call org.gnome.Shell /org/gnome/Shell org.gnome.Shell Eval s 'Meta.restart("Restarting…")'

Restart Gnome Shell

The following method closes the running application.

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Method 3:

Using this method will kill some applications and extensions on your desktop. Use this method only if the above two do not work. In the terminal, run the following command.

killall -HUP gnome-shell

Method 4:

Simply log out, restart the Gnome Shell GUI, and log back in.

Restart Gnome Shell logout

Method 5:

Open a terminal and run this command to restart the Gnome GUI

sudo systemctl restart systemd-logind

Method 6:

If you are using GDM, do the following in your terminal:

sudo systemctl restart gdm

Also, if you’re using LightDM

sudo systemctl restart lightdm

Method 7:

On older Gnome (that is, prior to Gnome 3.28), you can use this command to restart the GNome shell.

gnome-shell --replace

that’s all.

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