How To Start, Stop and Enable, Disable Iptables or Ufw In Ubuntu, Debian, Kali, Mint

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Ubuntu is popular Linux distribution used in different enterprise or personal IT environment. Security is important part of the today IT. We can use firewall services like iptables in order to tighten security of our Ubuntu system. In this tutorial we will look how to install, remove, enable, disable, start and stop Ubuntu iptables. This tutorial can be used for Kali, Debian, Mint distributions too.

Ufw or Ubuntu Firewall

Ubuntu rebranded iptables as ufw or Ubuntu firewall in its distrbution. So we will use ufw for different operations according to iptables in this tutorial.

Install Ufw

We can install ufw package for Ubuntu like below.

Install Iptables

Actually iptables packages an related tools are installed by default for Ubuntu, Kali, Debian and Mint. But if they are removed accidentally or intentionally we may need to install iptables with the following command. Most of the operations like iptables installation examined in this tutorial will require root privileges.

Remove, Uninstall Iptables

Or we may want to uninstall iptables package and related tools. I generally uninstall iptables in my kali systems because use cases do nor requires iptables.

List Iptables/Ufw Service Status

Now in order to manage iptables we should list the status of the service. We will use systemctl status command with ufw for Ubuntu and iptables for other distributions. As default behaivour ufw is enable by default in Ubuntu.

List Iptables Service Status

List Iptables Service Status

OR

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Start Iptables/Ufw Service

We can start ufw or iptables service in Ubuntu and related distributions by using systemctl start command like below.

OR we can use ufw command to start the related service like below.

OR

Stop Iptables/Ufw Service

We can stop with the same command systemctl and stop option.

OR we can use ufw command to start the related service like below.

OR

Enable Iptables/Ufw Service

Services may be enables inorder to start after a reboot or fresh start. We can enable iptables or ufw with the following commands.

OR

Disable Iptables/Ufw Service

If we do not want to remove iptables or ufw but we do not want to start related services automatically at the system start we can disable related services with the following command.

OR

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