How to Boot into Single User Mode in CentOS/RHEL 7

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16 Responses

  1. Irsyad says:

    Is it possible to edit /etc/sudoers in single user mode ? I need to edit the “PermitRootLogin” section.

  2. PM says:

    Very helpful article, enabled me to fix my login service

  3. gzcwnk says:

    touch /.autorelabel

    is needed

  4. Raja says:

    This article helped in solving my issue today
    Thank you

  5. Rodolfo says:

    Works perfect, thanks I could recover my sudo access .. !!

  6. Raj says:

    How to start the networking in RHEL 7 on single user mode?

    systemctl start network
    Failed to get D-Bus Connection: Operation not permitted
    • Ravi Saive says:


      In single user mode on RHEL 7 or CentOS 7, the networking not enabled at startup. To get networking, you need get into runlevel 2 (local multi-user with networking) by running following command.

      # telinit 2
  7. João Olavo Vasconcelos says:

    Nice! Could you show us how to password-protect single user mode on CentOS 7?

  8. Jean-Pierre says:

    Great, it’s very useful .Thanks for the work

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