How To Exit Python In The Command Prompt

If you are working with Python, you may frequently find yourself using the command prompt to execute scripts or test code. On occasion, you may need to exit or close Python while operating in the command prompt. This tutorial will walk you through the process of exiting Python in the command prompt environment.

Step 1: Launch Command Prompt

To begin, open the command prompt on your computer. If you are using Windows, you can access it by typing “cmd” in the search box and hitting Enter. If you are using macOS, open the Terminal app from the Applications > Utilities folder.

Step 2: Start Python Interpreter

Once the command prompt is open, enter the word python and press Enter. This command starts the Python interpreter, and you should see something similar to this:

Python 3.x.x (tags/v3.x.x:xxxxxx, Date, time) [MSC v.xxxxx xxxx bit (AMD64)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

Step 3: Exit Python in Command Prompt

To exit the Python interpreter in the command prompt, there are several methods you can use:

  1. Enter quit() or exit() and press Enter:
  1. Press Ctrl + Z (for Windows) or Ctrl + D (for macOS), followed by Enter. This keyboard shortcut sends a signal to Python interpreter to exit the current execution.

Note that the methods above will only exit the Python interpreter and return you to the command prompt. To completely close the command prompt, you can type exit and press Enter or simply close the window.


In this tutorial, we learned how to exit Python in the command prompt using different methods. Exiting the Python interpreter properly helps ensure that your code execution is stopped and your command prompt is freed up for other tasks.