Disable: System Integrity Protection – Mac OS

Disable: System Integrity Protection High Sierra – Mac OS

What is It? System Integrity Protection (SIP) is a built-in security mechanism that helps protect your Mac from unknown processes and applications from modifying or accessing certain directories and files as root. Read more here.


Why Do You Need It? By protecting root files and directories, Mac OS helps ensure integrity and protection of the Operating System. Without SIP enabled, you may be jeopardizing important system files that would be protected otherwise.  


How to Disable SIP in Latest Version of Mac OS


  1. Boot your Mac into Recovery Mode by restarting and holding Command + R keys.
  1. Go to Utilities -> Terminal.
  1. Type the following command to disable SIP.
csrutil disable


You should see this message: Successfully disabled System Integrity Protection. Please restart the machine for the changes to take effect.

Note: If you decide to re-enable SIP, use command “csrutil enable” at the same Terminal boot screen.


  1. Ensure SIP is disabled by typing the following command.
csrutil status


You should see this message: System Integrity Protection Status: disabled.


  1. Reboot your Mac.

System Integrity Protection will now be disabled. You shold no longer receive a message about SIP being engaged the next time you try to modify a SIP protected file.


No longer see this message: Operation not permitted while System Integrity Protection is engaged.


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