Managing services

  • There are multiple services running on OpenWrt to perform different tasks.
  • This how-to describes the method for managing OpenWrt services.
  • Start, stop, restart, enable and disable system services.
  • Check if a specific service is enabled and running.

Manage services using web interface.

  1. Navigate to LuCI → System → Startup.
  2. See the list of all the available services and use buttons to execute actions.

Manage services using command-line interface. Use the invocation column inside scripts, hotplug or cron. Check syslog for troubleshooting.

Command Equivalent Description
service ls /etc/init.d Print a list of available services.
service <service> /etc/init.d/<service> Print a list of available actions for a service.
service <service> <action> /etc/init.d/<service> <action> Execute that action on a specific service.
service <service> <action> <instance> /etc/init.d/<service> <action> <instance> Execute that action on a specific service instance, e.g. OpenVPN connection.

Common actions supported by most services.

Action Description
start Start the service.
stop Stop the service.
restart Restart the service.
reload Reload configuration files or restart if that fails.
enable Enable service autostart.
disable Disable service autostart.
enabled Check if the service is enabled.
running Check if the service is running.
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  • Last modified: 2023/10/14 05:46
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