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Don't pull the plug: How to shut down or restart your Raspberry Pi properly

Like any computer, simply pulling the plug on your Pi can have dire consequences; but unlike most computers, the Raspberry Pi does not have a native power button. The following commands should be used to safely shut down or reboot your Pi. Obviously, these commands should be run from the command line.

Note: You must have sudo privileges to run sudo commands. The default raspberry pi user has such privileges so this shouldn't be an issue unless you've drastically altered your Pi's user configuration.

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Shutdown command

sudo halt

This is shorthand for the following:

sudo shutdown -h now

An explanation:

sudo - run the command as superuser
shutdown - shut down the pi
-h - halt after shutting down (do not reboot)
now - do this now (required time command)

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Reboot command

sudo reboot

This is shorthand for the following:

sudo shutdown -r now

An explanation:

sudo - run the command as superuser
shutdown - shut down the pi
-r - reboot the pi after shutting down
now - do this now (required time command)