Howto disable the iptables firewall in Linux
by Vivek Gite on April 10, 2007 ·
Q. Quick question: I need to disable firewall in Linux for testing purpose. I’m using CentOS 4.4. How do I disable the firewall in Linux?
A. A Linux firewall is software based firewall that provides protection between your server (workstation) and damaging content on the Internet or network.
It will try to guard your computer against both malicious users and software such as viruses/worms.
Task: Disable / Turn off Linux Firewall (Red hat/CentOS/Fedora Core)
Type the following two commands (you must login as the root user):
# /etc/init.d/iptables save
# /etc/init.d/iptables stop
Task: Enable / Turn on Linux Firewall (Red hat/CentOS/Fedora Core)
Type the following command to turn on iptables firewall:
# /etc/init.d/iptables start
Other Linux distribution
If you are using other Linux distribution such as Debian / Ubuntu / Suse Linux etc, try following generic procedure.
Save firewall rules
# iptables-save > /root/firewall.rules
$ sudo iptables-save > /root/firewall.rules
Now type the following commands (login as root):
# iptables -X
# iptables -t nat -F
# iptables -t nat -X
# iptables -t mangle -F
# iptables -t mangle -X
# iptables -P INPUT ACCEPT
# iptables -P FORWARD ACCEPT
# iptables -P OUTPUT ACCEPT
To restore or turn on firewall type the following command:
# iptables-restore < /root/firewall.rules