How to Disable SELinux on CentOS 7

Disable SELinux on CentOS 7

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to Disable SELinux on CentOS 7. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

SELinux stands for Security Enhanced Linux. SELinux mainly used to control access to files, users, applications and network resources in the Linux. It allows access to files, users, etc. following SELinux rules. In the CentOS system, SELinux by default enabled.

SELinux has three modes:

  • Enforcing: SELinux allows access based on SELinux policy rules.
  • Permissive: SELinux only logs actions that would have been denied if running in enforcing mode.
  • Disabled: No SELinux policy is loaded.

Disable SELinux on CentOS

Step 1. The first command will update the package lists to ensure you get the latest version and dependencies.

Step 2. Checking the Current Status and Mode of SELinux.

Run the following command to check the current status and mode of SELinux:

Step 3. Temporarily Disable SELinux on CentOS.

You can run the following command to set SELinux to permissive mode temporarily:

Verify the change with the sestatus command:

Step 4. Permanently Disable SELinux on CentOS 7.

To permanently disable SELinux on your CentOS system, follow the steps below:

Now reboot your system running below command to make changes permanent:

After reboot process completes, check the SELinux status by running the following command:

Congratulation, you have learned how to Disable SELinux on CentOS 7. If you have any question, please leave a comment below.