Grails 2.3.5 - grails stop-app - does not stop the app running via run-app

If you’re using Grails 2.3.X and you’re developing, most likely you’re running your app like this:

[sourcecode language="jscript”] grails run-app #in one command-prompt/shell-terminal and grails stop-app #in another command-prompt/shell-terminal [/sourcecode]

With the latest version of Grails (version 2.3.5), the stop-app say:

[sourcecode language="jscript”] grails stop-app | Server Stopped

But nothing happens and the server-process continues to run#


Here’s an undocumented fix that can come in handy:

[sourcecode language="jscript”]

On terminal/command-prompt #1

Run the way you do today

grails run-app

On terminal/command-prompt #2, change-directory (cd) to the root folder where you have your Grails project

Create a file with a file-name “.kill-run-app”

For Linux (*Nix) environments

touch .kill-run-app

For Windows where you do not have ‘touch’ command do the following instead

echo hello > .kill-run-app

Wait for a few seconds and Grails will kill the app that’s running


Now you can resume with starting a new instance of “grails run-app”.

Cheers & Happy Coding!