How to Disable System Integrity Protection?

El Capitan, the latest Mac OS X version is arrived with several features such as snapping windows (just like new Windows version), multi- touch gesture support to applications and many more. System Integrity Protection (SIP) is one of its features that requires close evaluation. As the name suggest, this technology is targeted for system security itself. It reduces the chances of unrestricted root level access by malicious programs. SIP targets all the protected directories including system folders, processes, and so on. Check this page, to know more information about this technology.

This concept will not allow a user to make changes in protected locations even though he/she is having root access privilege. Well, it can be considered as an advanced move from Mac, since any attempt to modify system resources will get denied immediately. It won’t allow the installation of an application which has at least some malicious nature.

Apple has listed certain paths and applications protected by SIP. It include the following.

Paths and applications protected by System Integrity Protection include:

  • /bin
  • /sbin
  • /System
  • /usr
  • pre-installed Apps

Some users can get irritated with several features of SIP just like restricting application installation. We can disable SIP temporarily. But even after disabling this, you can’t able to install a software again that has been flagged already.

How to Disable System Integrity Protection  

Step 1: Press “Command + R” keys to access Recovery partition on El Capitan.

Step 2: Select “Utilities” menu from Recovery Partition. From there, select “Terminal”.

Step 3: You have to enter the below command on Terminal and execute it.

csrutil disable

Step 4: After the command execution, close the Terminal and restart your machine. You can see SIP as disabled after restarting.