leave - macOS


The leave command allows you to gracefully leave a remote session you’ve connected to via a service like SSH. It sends a logout message to the server and closes the connection, avoiding potential issues caused by abrupt disconnections.


leave [options] [host]


  • -f, –force: Forcefully leave the session without sending a logout message.
  • -v, –verbose: Enable verbose mode.
  • -h, –help: Display help information.


Example 1: Leave a session connected to host example.com using default settings:

leave example.com

Example 2: Leave a session on host example.org with verbose output:

leave -v example.org

Example 3: Forcefully leave a session on host example.net without a logout message:

leave -f example.net

Common Issues

  • Connection timeout: If the connection to the remote host times out before receiving the logout message, the session may be abruptly terminated. Consider using the -f option in such cases.
  • Permission denied: The command may fail if you don’t have permission to leave the session. Ensure you have the necessary privileges.


The leave command can be used as part of complex workflows or scripts to automate remote session management. For example, you can combine it with commands like ssh and screen to create session-aware automation.

  • ssh: Establish a remote connection.
  • screen: Manage multiple terminal sessions within a single window.
  • tmux: A more advanced terminal multiplexer.