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How to Keep Process Running After Closing Console

I am new to VPS hosting and successfully migrated my .NET-based Discord bot from a different hosting provider to a Droplet so I could have more control over the bot’s hosting machine. I am able to launch the bot using the command line, but I have found that I need to keep the console open while the bot is running; if I close the console window (or turn off my computer, etc.), the bot stops running. I imagine closing the window automatically logs out the user, which in turn stops the process.

It is a little inconvenient for me to keep a separate window open and either keep my computer running 24/7 or face mandatory downtime whenever it is turned off. Is there a way to keep the process running even after I close the console window? Thanks!


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Bobby Iliev
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March 2, 2023
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Hi there,

One option would be to use the screen command:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-use-screen-on-an-ubuntu-cloud-server

That way you will be able to start your process in a screen session and then detach for it and close your terminal.

An alternative option, is to create a Docker image and then start a Docker container with your app.

Hope that this helps!

Best,

Bobby

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