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The `leave` command triggers a graceful leave and shutdown of the agent. It is used to ensure other nodes see the agent as left instead of failed. Nodes that leave will not attempt to re-join the cluster on restarting with a snapshot.
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# Consul Leave
Command: `consul leave`
The `leave` command triggers a graceful leave and shutdown of the agent.
It is used to ensure other nodes see the agent as "left" instead of
"failed". Nodes that leave will not attempt to re-join the cluster
on restarting with a snapshot.
For nodes in server mode, the node is removed from the Raft peer set
in a graceful manner. This is critical, as in certain situations a
non-graceful leave can affect cluster availability.
## Usage
Usage: `consul leave [options]`
#### API Options
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