- Firewalld provides a dynamically managed firewall with support for network/firewall zones that define the trust level of network connections or interfaces. It has support for IPv4, IPv6 firewall settings, ethernet bridges and IP sets. There is a separation of runtime and permanent configuration options. It also provides an interface for services or applications to add firewall rules directly.
Install the package.
You can control the firewall rules with the
firewall-cmd console utility.
firewall-offline-cmd utility can be used to configure when firewalld is not running. It features similar syntax to
GUI is available as
firewall-config which comes with package.
Configuration at run time can be changed using
--permanentoption. This will not change runtime configuration until the firewall service is restarted or rules are reloaded with
- Change the runtime configuration and make it permanent as described in #Converting runtime configuration to permanent
Zone is a collection of rules that can be applied to a specific interface.
To have an overview of the current zones and interfaces they are applied to:
# firewall-cmd --get-active-zones
Some commands (such as adding/removing ports/services) require a zone to specified.
Zone can be specified by name by passing
If no zone is specified default zone is assumed.
You can list all the zones with entirety their configuration:
# firewall-cmd --list-all-zones
or just a specific zone
# firewall-cmd --info-zone=zone_name
Changing zone of an interface
# firewall-cmd --zone=zone --change-interface=interface_name
zone is a new zone that you want to assign interface to.
Using NetworkManager to manage zones
NetworkManager can assign different connection profiles to different zones. This allows for example, adding a home WiFi connection to the "home" zone, a work WiFi connection to the "work" zone, and all other WiFi connections to the default "public" zone.
List connection profiles:
$ nmcli connection show
Assign the "myssid" profile to the "home" zone:
$ nmcli connection modify myssid connection.zone home
When a new interface is connected the default zone will be applied. You can query the name of the default zone using:
# firewall-cmd --get-default-zone
The default zone can be changed using following command.
# firewall-cmd --set-default-zone=zone
Services are pre-made rules corresponding to a specific daemon. For example,
ssh service corresponds to SSH and opens ports 22 when assigned to a zone.
To get a list of available services enter following command:
# firewall-cmd --get-services
You can query information about particular service:
# firewall-cmd --info-service service_name
Adding or removing services from a zone
To add a service to a zone:
# firewall-cmd --zone=zone_name --add-service service_name
# firewall-cmd --zone=zone_name --remove-service service_name
Ports can be directly opened on a specific zone.
# firewall-cmd --zone=zone_name --add-port port_num/protocol
protocol is either
To close the port use
--remove-port option with same port number and protocol.
This command has the same effect as
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE:
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-masquerade
If you have firewalld configured on a router, and you have enabled NAT masquerading as above, it is simple to set up port forwarding through firewalld:
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-forward-port=port=12345:proto=tcp:toport=22:toaddr=10.20.30.40
This will forward port 12345/tcp on the firewall's public interface to port 22 (standard SSH) on the internal system at IP address 10.20.30.40. To remove this forwarded port:
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --remove-forward-port=port=12345:proto=tcp:toport=22:toaddr=10.20.30.40
Unfortunately you have to type the entire forward declaration in order to remove it, specifying only the port and the protocol is not enough.
Tips and tricks
Port or service timeout
Service or port can be added for a limited amount of time using
--timeout=value option passed during addition command. Value is either number of seconds, minutes if postfixed with
m or hours
For example, adding SSH service for 3 hours:
# firewall-cmd --add-service ssh --timeout=3h
Converting runtime configuration to permanent
You can make the runtime (current temporary) configuration permanent (meaning it persists through restarts)
# firewall-cmd --runtime-to-permanent
Check services details
The configuration files for the default supported services are located at
/usr/lib/firewalld/services/ and user-created service files would be in