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How to Disable and Enable System Integrity Protection on Mac

Support Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:52 PM

OS X El Capitan and later includes System Integrity Protection (SIP) security feature that helps Mac users prevent potentially malicious software from access important system files and modifying protected files and folders on Mac machine. Before System Integrity Protection, the root user could access any system folder or app on your Mac. More details about SIP, you can visit this article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204899

Note that The System Integrity Protection setting is stored in NVRAM rather than in the file system itself. It can only be modified from the recovery environment.

How to turn off System Integrity Protection in macOS

Here's how to turn off System Integrity Protection on Mac

  • Restart your Mac
  • Hold down Command+R to reboot into Recovery Mode.
  • Click Utilities.
  • Select Terminal.
  • Type the following command: csrutil disable.
  • Press Enter on your keyboard.
  • Click Restart…

Restart your Mac and your new System Integrity Protection setting will take effect.

If you want to enable SIP later, then follow these steps again to return to the recovery environment and run the following command: csrutil enable. We'd recommend you re-enable it when you're done tinkering tasks such as data recovery.

How to check System Integrity Protection

To check if System Integrity Protection is enabled or not, follow the steps below.

  • Open the /Applications/ folder and then go to Utilities/.
  • Open the System Information and scroll down the left list to choose Software.
  • Navigate System Integrity Protection on the right side, and check the status: "Enabled" or "Disabled".

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