Shutdown/Reboot/Suspend/Hibernate Scheduler for Ubuntu Linux – qshutdown

Having the ability to schedule shutting down, rebooting and suspend while using your Ubuntu Linux powered computer can be quite handy for some users. And when it comes doing that I’ve tried few GUI tools in the past but most failed to work in recent versions of Ubuntu for some reason.

But then I found a tool called “qshutdown” and luckily it worked without any issues. It’s an extremely simple GUI tool that lets you schedule:

*. Shutdown.

*. Reboot.


*. Suspend (although not just scheduling, I never had that much success with “Suspend” in Ubuntu for some reason). .

*. And finally Hibernate your PC.

It has a simple UI but heck you can change a lot of settings using its “Preferences” window too.

For instance you can use the built in calender for scheduling, disable “warnings” (it pops up from time to time, yikes!), launch it at system startup, enable/disable screen locking when Suspending and Hibernate, add a password, change the font and a few more.


You can easily access it via the notification icon as well.

You can access its “info” page for a tweak if the functions didn’t work for you …

If however functions like Shutdown and Reboot didn’t work for you, then you can try alternate method described in its “info” page but as said it worked flawlessly in my Ubuntu 11.10 though.


You can install qshutdown in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using it’s PPA (thanks goes to Hakaishi). For that, as usual use the below commands in your Terminal window.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hakaishi/qshutdown

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qshutdown

Yep that should do it.

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4 thoughts on “Shutdown/Reboot/Suspend/Hibernate Scheduler for Ubuntu Linux – qshutdown”

  1. I wanted to shut down my Ubuntu system in 2 hours, but didn't really feel like downloading another app. did a 'man shutdown', and discovered the TIME field: "TIME may have different formats, the most common is simply the word 'now' which will bring the system down immediately. Other valid formats are +m, where m is the number of minutes to wait until shutting down and hh:mm which specifies the time on the 24hr clock." So, I did a "sudo shutdown -h +120" and we'll see if it shuts down =)

  2. @ Michael:
    There are many ways to shutdown a system, but with a command in the commandline you won’t be able to check the remaining time that easily. And you also need to be the admin (or at least need to be in the sudoers) to to that. qshutdown uses user permissions and thus everyone on the system can use it.


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