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How to use IPTables Instead of firewalld for Fedora 30-31-32

Verified and Tested 03/10/21

Introduction

As of Fedora 18, the iptables service has been replaced by firewalld. For those that prefer managing static firewall rules with iptables, follow these steps to revert back to iptables.

Prerequisites

You will need to have a Fedora 30, 31, or 32 virtual private server provisioned and root permissions.

Using IPTables instead of firewalld

Disable firewalld and stop the service with the following commands:

systemctl disable firewalld
systemctl stop firewalld

Now install the iptables-services package:

dnf install iptables-services -y

Enable iptables and start the service:

touch /etc/sysconfig/iptables
systemctl start iptables
systemctl enable iptables

Check to make sure iptables is now running:

systemctl status iptables

Your output should look like this:

You’re finished! Now start adding your rules to the /etc/sysconfig/iptables file.

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