When I want to close a window I type exit :

 mbp-thomas in ~
○ → exit

[Opération terminée]

Then cmd + w to close the window.

Is there a way to do it with a little script like if I type quit it exit the session then close the window ?

  • Can you configure Terminal to close when the shell closes? Jun 10, 2014 at 15:11
  • @glennjackman that's a damn good question ! I'll try it right now Jun 10, 2014 at 15:12
  • @glennjackman post it as an answer, you'll win +25 Jun 10, 2014 at 15:13
  • 2
    While the question already has a great answer, a quick tip on the side: CTRL-D does the same as typing exit and hitting ENTER, but is much quicker. Also works when logging off a remote server in an SSH session.
    – ssc
    Jun 13, 2014 at 20:07

2 Answers 2

  1. Open Terminal.

  2. Go to TerminalPreferences….

    Image of the Terminal panel

  3. Select the Settings tab, then your profile, and choose the Shell tab.

  4. Set When the shell exits to Close if the shell exited cleanly.

    Close if the shell exited cleanly


You could also simply quit Terminal by using Cmd+Q

  • 2
    He did not ask how to quit terminal. This is not answer to his question.
    – AllInOne
    Jun 12, 2014 at 21:00
  • True, and while it is technically and semantically different, for all intents and purposes, that is what's happening, except if there are multiple instances open (or wants an app without window processes running).
    – Hugo
    Jun 16, 2014 at 2:37

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