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Q. How do I disable the iptables firewall in Fedora Core Linux?

A. Iptables is used to set up, maintain, and inspect the tables of IP packet filter rules in the Linux kernel.

If you are using RHEL (Redhat), Fedora core or Cent os Linux just type following commands to disable the iptables firewall:
# service iptables save
# service iptables stop
# chkconfig iptables off

If you are using any other Linux distribution type the following command to clear up firewall rules:
# iptables -F
# iptables -X
# iptables -t nat -F
# iptables -t nat -X
# iptables -t mangle -F
# iptables -t mangle -X
# iptables -P INPUT ACCEPT
# iptables -P OUTPUT ACCEPT

You may need to put above rules in a shell script and execute the same. Also remove your iptables startup script from your network configuration file such as /etc/network/interfaces. Look for post-up directive.

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Raph October 5, 2009, 11:01 pm

    Is there a way I can make some sort of bridge connection and if not, were do I type in this code

  • Matteo Cappelli April 8, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Simple and useful article! Now I understand how to disable iptables :-)… How is it possible to disable iptables in other distributions? Does the “service iptables stop” command work?


  • Wagner Bianchi November 15, 2013, 2:12 pm

    It seems not that effective. When I restart server iptables will be up again!

  • John July 26, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Can I just de-install (remove) iptables ?

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