The program "Screen" can run processes in background on a Linux server.
This starts an new background session with name "your-screen-name"
screen -S your-screen-name
To save the screen and return to the terminal, type Ctrl+A+D (Ctrl+A is the hint for screen that you want to do something and "D" then "d"etaches from the session without stopping it).
Restore your screen :
screen -d -r your-screen-name
List all available screen sessions:
Type screen -list or -ls to identify the detached screen session.
$ screen -list
There are screens on:
Note: 20751.Melvin_Peter_V42 is your session id.
Quit a screen session:
screen -X -S [session id you want to kill] quit
Or just type
if you are attached in your screen session.
There is also the possibility to use the ampersand (&) character after your command, to run the process in background:
Afterwards you can jump with the "fg" and "bg" commands between foreground and background of the process.