I have the MacBook Pro and several times the touch bar will just hang on me — freeze. I wont be able to control anything from it and it's pretty much unresponsive.

Is there a way we can restart it or something where I don't need the whole system to restart.


You can Force Quit the "Touch Bar agent" using Activity Monitor, or with

pkill "Touch Bar agent"
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    Choosing this as answer. Anyone trying this may also need to run the following. "killall ControlStrip" on terminal without the quotes – KD. Jul 28 '17 at 15:02
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    These commands did not work for me, but force quitting TouchBarServer in Activity Monitor did. I’m on macOS High Sierra. – Alan H. Oct 23 '17 at 0:26
  • I needed to use @KD's command killall ControlStrip to fix an alignment issue where blank space at the right of the touch bar caused the < expander arrow to be hidden.. thanks!! – ptim Dec 2 '17 at 9:35
  • +1 for the activity monitor solution – Aidan Miles Sep 16 '18 at 18:35

On 10.13 High Sierra.

sudo pkill "TouchBarServer"

You can restart the Touch Bar by running the following command (tested on macOS Mojave but should work on earlier versions as well):

sudo pkill TouchBarServer


It is easy.

Press CtrlT to open a terminal. Type the following: pkill "Touch Bar agent" Works on all versions from OS X to regular Sierra. Does not work in High Sierra.

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