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If I open an application from the command line, say Firefox, the application runs as long as the terminal stays open. Closing the terminal's tab will close the application.

Is there a way to open an application from the terminal such that the application will stay open even after closing the terminal?

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You can open in the background with the addition of an &; disown:

$ firefox &; disown

(Thanks for the correction, I missed the zsh part)

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This is a partial solution. The application will run in the background, yet you won't be able to close the terminal session - zsh: you have running jobs. @nerdwaller – John May 18 '13 at 13:15
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make that firefox &; disown, and it will do what they want – demure May 18 '13 at 13:16
    
As you are using zsh, benefit from its elegance ;)and just use firefox &! – mpy May 20 '13 at 16:49

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