Linux jobs command

Updated: 05/04/2019 by Computer Hope
jobs command

On Unix-like operating systems, the jobs shell command lists the status of all running jobs.

This page covers the bash built-in version of jobs.


jobs [-lnprs] [JOBSPEC ...]


JOBSPEC Job name or number.
-l Lists process IDs in addition to the normal information.
-n List only processes that have changed status since the last notification.
-p Lists process IDs only.
-r Restrict output to running jobs.
-s Restrict output to stopped jobs.



Displays all running jobs. Output is similar to the following:

[1] + Stopped (user) top

Here, the job number 1 was suspended by the user, and the process was the top utility.

jobs -l

When supplied the -l option, jobs displays process IDs in addition to job number, similar to the following output:

[3] 16882 Running ./chsearchproc (wd: ~/public_html/cgi-bin/chsearch)

at — Schedule a command to run at a certain time.
csh — The C shell command interpreter.
kill — Send a signal to a process, affecting its behavior or killing it.
ksh — The Korn shell command interpreter.
ps — Report the status of a process or processes.
sh — The Bourne shell command interpreter.