Instance Method


Terminates the receiver.


- (void)terminate:(id)sender;



Typically, this parameter contains the object that initiated the termination request.


This method is typically invoked when the user chooses Quit or Exit from the app’s menu.

When invoked, this method performs several steps to process the termination request. First, it asks the app’s document controller (if one exists) to save any unsaved changes in its documents. During this process, the document controller can cancel termination in response to input from the user. If the document controller doesn’t cancel the operation, this method then calls the delegate’s applicationShouldTerminate: method. If applicationShouldTerminate: returns NSTerminateCancel, the termination process is aborted and control is handed back to the main event loop. If the method returns NSTerminateLater, the app runs its run loop in the NSModalPanelRunLoopMode mode until the replyToApplicationShouldTerminate: method is called with the value YES or NO. If the applicationShouldTerminate: method returns NSTerminateNow, this method posts a NSApplicationWillTerminateNotification notification to the default notification center.

Don’t bother to put final cleanup code in your app’s main() function—it will never be executed. If cleanup is necessary, perform that cleanup in the delegate’s applicationWillTerminate: method.

See Also

Terminating the App

- replyToApplicationShouldTerminate:

Responds to NSTerminateLater once the app knows whether it can terminate.