How to run a command in the background and get no output?


I wrote two shell scripts and In and I have a infinite for loop and they print some output to the terminal. I want to write another script which calls both and but I want the user to regain control of the terminal immediately, instead of having the script run infinitely and I want to hide the output in terminal.

8/14/2020 1:39:32 PM

Accepted Answer

Use nohup if your background job takes a long time to finish or you just use SecureCRT or something like it login the server.

Redirect the stdout and stderr to /dev/null to ignore the output.

nohup /path/to/your/ > /dev/null 2>&1 &
12/23/2013 1:57:53 PM

Redirect the output to a file like this:

./ > somefile 2>&1 &

This will redirect both stdout and stderr to the same file. If you want to redirect stdout and stderr to two different files use this:

./ > stdoutfile 2> stderrfile &

You can use /dev/null as one or both of the files if you don't care about the stdout and/or stderr.

See bash manpage for details about redirections.


Sorry this is a bit late but found the ideal solution for somple commands where you don't want any standard or error output (credit where it's due:

This redirects output to null and keeps screen clear:

command &>/dev/null &

If they are in the same directory as your script that contains:

./ > /dev/null 2>&1 &
./ > /dev/null 2>&1 &

The & at the end is what makes your script run in the background.

The > /dev/null 2>&1 part is not necessary - it redirects the stdout and stderr streams so you don't have to see them on the terminal, which you may want to do for noisy scripts with lots of output.


Run in a subshell to remove notifications and close STDOUT and STDERR:

(&>/dev/null &)

If you want to run the script in a linux kickstart you have to run as below .

sh /tmp/ > /dev/null 2>&1 < /dev/null &

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