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Manage Pods

Start a Pod

  1. Navigate to the Pods page.
  2. Click the + New Pod button.
  3. Choose your Pod and click Deploy.

If you're not sure which Pod meets your needs, see Choose a Pod.

  1. (Optional) Choose a template.
  2. Click Continue.
  3. Verify your Pod configuration and click Deploy.

Next, RunPod builds your Pod. You'll start paying for the Pod as soon as it's built.

Stop a Pod

  1. Click the stop icon.
  2. Confirm by clicking the Stop Pod button.

Stop a Pod after a specific time

You can also stop a Pod after a specific amount of time. For example, the following command sleeps for 2 hours, and then stops the Pod.

Use the following command to stop a Pod after 2 hours:

sleep 2h; runpodctl stop pod $RUNPOD_POD_ID &

This command uses sleep to wait for 2 hours before executing the runpodctl stop pod command to stop the Pod. The & at the end runs the command in the background, allowing you to continue using the SSH session.


You are charged for storing idle Pods. If you do not need to store your Pod, be sure to terminate it next.

Terminate a Pod


Terminating a Pod permanently deletes all data outside your network volume. Be sure you've saved any data you want to access again.

  1. Click the hamburger menu at the bottom of the Pod you want to terminate.
  2. Click Terminate Pod.
  3. Confirm by clicking the Yes button.

List Pods

If you're using the command line, enter the following command to list your pods.

runpodctl get pod