How to Disable System Integrity Protection in macOS Sierra

If you want to use certain programs on your Mac, you will have to disable System Integrity Protection or rootless mode on macOS Sierra.

Apple introduced a major feature called “System Integrity Protection” in OS X El Capitan. SIP is also known as a rootless mode. Primed to provide more security to Mac, it prevents malware from modifying system files and directories.

Though SIP is a very significant feature, you may need to turn it off in certain circumstances. As for instance, you will have to disable rootless mode on your Mac if you want to enable Dark Mode using a hack. Here is how it works.

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How to Disable System Integrity Protection in macOS Sierra

How to Turn off System Integrity Protection in Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra

Step #1. Click the  menu on your Mac and then select Restart.

Step #2. Next up, you have to hold down command+R to boot into the Recovery System.

Step #3. Now, you need to click on the Utilities menu and choose Terminal.

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Step #4. Up next, you will have to type csrutil disable and press return.

Step #5. Close the Terminal app.

Step #6. Finally, you need to click the  menu and choose Restart.

That’s it!

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How to Enable System Integrity Protection in Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra

If you ever change your mind and want to turn on SIP, you can easily re-enable it.

Step #1. Follow the above-mentioned steps from 1 to 3.

Step #2. Now change csrutil disable to csrutil enable.

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Step #3. To effect the change, you need to reboot the Mac.

That’s all! We would like to recommend you to keep the rootless mode enabled on your device in order to safeguard it. In the wake of the rampant cybercrime, security to your important files has to be given the top priority at all hazards.

Not too long ago, a malware called “Backdoor.MAC.Elanor” was able to not just steal your important data but also lock you out of your Mac. Hence, it pays to be extra cautious, doesn’t it?

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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