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How to turn off Rootless (SIP, or System Integrity Protection) in Mac OS X

Lucy Hattersley | June 22, 2016
System Integrity Protection (rootless) is a Mac security feature that stops you changing root-level files, and it can stop some programs working. Here's how to disable it

Your Mac will reboot and start up with SIP disabled. You can check the status of SIP by opening Terminal and entering csrutil status. You should see "System Integrity Protection status: disabled."

System Integrity Protection Status

How to turn off rootless/System Integrity Protection on Mac: Switch SIP back on

It's important to re-enable SIP when you've finished your task. Here's how to set OS X rootless mode back on.

  1. Turn off your Mac (Apple > Shut Down).
  2. Hold down Command-R and press the Power button. Keep holding Command-R until the Apple logo appears.
  3. Wait for OS X to boot into the OS X Utilities window.
  4. Choose Utilities > Terminal.
  5. Enter csrutil enable.
  6. Enter reboot.

Now open Terminal and enter csrutil status to check the status of SIP. It should say "System Integrity Protection status: enabled."

Source: Macworld 


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