May seem complicated shut down or restart Raspberry Pi, especially since it doesn’t come with a power button so you can turn it off or restart it. But don’t worry, we are going to teach you a few methods so that you can get it easily.

How to turn off a Raspberry Pi

We will see several methods so that you can turn off your Raspberry Pi, you can choose the one that is most convenient for you.

Via desktop GUI

In case you are using Raspberry Pi via desktop GUI (eg Raspbian OS), turning it off is too simple.

Sign off.

For this we will have to click on the Raspberry menu in the upper left corner, a new menu is displayed with several options, here we will select “Close session”.

To turn off.

A new window will open so we are going to have to select “Shut down” and that would basically be all we have to do.

Shutting down Raspberry Pi using terminal commands

If we want to turn off Raspberry Pi we can do it through SSH or a wired connection, we can use the Terminal for this.

Turn off Raspberry Pi.

To start we will have to open the Terminal and execute either of the two commands: sudo poweroff or sudo shutdown -h now

Turn off after a specified time.

If we want the Raspberry Pi to turn off after a certain time, all we have to do is use the following command “sudo shutdown -h 30” without the quotes. The “30” means that the Raspberry Pi will turn off after 30 minutes, if we want more time to pass, we must specify it by modifying said number, always in minutes.

Turn off at specific times.

We also have the option of turn it off at a certain timeFor this we use the command “sudo shutdown -h 21:00” again, without the quotes and “21:00” must be modified by the time we want it to shut down.

How to reboot a Raspberry Pi

In case you want to restart it, we also have two alternatives.

Desktop GUI

It is something similar to what we discussed earlier to turn it off. We go to the Raspberry menu in the upper left corner and we click on “Close session”.


A pop-up window opens and here we simply click on “Restart”.

Using terminal commands

We turn on the Terminal and we will have to execute any of these commands: sudo reboot or sudo shutdown -r now.

How to turn off reboot Raspberry Pi

Basically that would be it, you are already clear about the simple methods to be able to shut down or restart your Raspberry Pi in a matter of seconds.

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