We never recommend disabling SELinux on your system, especially on production servers. For developer systems, you can disable it only if hampering your work due to its policies.

SELinux Modes:

SELinux has three modes to run as described below. The default SELinux runs in Enforcing mode on a Fedora Linux system.

Enforcing – SELinux security policy is enforced. Permissive – SELinux allows access but prints warnings on rules violations. Disabled – No SELinux policy is loaded.

In this article, we will discuss how to change SELinux mode to permissive or disable it completely on a Fedora Linux system.

Check SELinux Status

You can use getenforce command to view the status of SELinux. Another command sestatus gives you more details about SELinux status. Open a terminal on your Fedora systems and type: You will see the ouptut as: The above status shows that SELinux is enabled and enforced.

Set SELinux in Permissive Mode (Temporary)

The permissive mode means the SELinux policy is not enforced. SELinux does not deny any operations even if they do policy violations. It only creates logs, which is helpful for debugging. You can set the SELinux in permissive mode temporarily by using one of the below commands. Once the system is rebooted, the temporary mode will be disabled and SELinux will again in enforcing. Use the next method to apply changes permanently.

Set SELinux in Permissive Mode (Permanent)

You can also Configure SELinux Permissive Mode Permanently by editing the configuration file. Edit the configuration in in your favorite text edit: Set the SELINUX value to permissive.

File changes will reflect after the system reboot.

Permanently Disable SELinux on Fedora

Update the SELinux configuration file and set SELINUX=disabled to permanently disable the SELinux on your system. This will completely disable all the SELinux contexts. Set SELINUX value to disabled:

Reboot your instance after making changes. Note – You can again activate the SELinux by setting SELINUX=enforcing in configuration file.


In this tutorial, you have learned about configuring SELinux in permissive mode or disabling it completely on a Fedora Linux system. This tutorial can be followed on other Redhat-based distributions like CentOS, RHEL, etc.

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