How To Shutdown (Turn Off) OpenBSDWritten by: Donovan / Last updated: Oct 17, 2022
How do you shutdown/turn off OpenBSD correctly?
I’ll assume you’re logged into OpenBSD with an open terminal (either bare metal install or VirtualBox).
You have two (or possibly three) options for shutting down OpenBSD:
This is your standard shutdown command:
# As root halt -p # As user doas halt -p
halt command will “halt” the system. The
-p flag tells it to “power down” as well.
On older versions of OpenBSD, you may need to add this line to
Or change this line in
"powerdown=NO" # Change to "powerdown=YES"
TIP: If you want to give your user permission to turn off the computer without
doas, then add the user to the
operator group (edit
shutdown command is basically a layer on top of the
halt command. The only difference is that
shutdown allows you to:
- Send out a shutdown message to all logged in users.
- Stipulate a time to shutdown.
To shutdown now and send a message to everybody:
# As root shutdown -p now See ya # As user doas shutdown -p now Later
NOTE: Depending on your version of OpenBSD, this command may or may not work by default.
Hit your power button
In most cases, simply pressing the power button on your PC or laptop should trigger a shutdown on OpenBSD without any configuration needed.View Archive