Emergency Mode

Emergency mode on CentOS / RedHat

Emergency mode on CentOS / Redhat allows you to start the system with the most minimal environment possible and allows you to repair problems or cancel changes you have made before.

In emergency mode, the root filesystem in mounted in read mode, however local filesystems are not mounted. Note that this mode requires the root password to use it but If you have lost the password, see this article to recover it.

In this tutorial, we will see how to access emergency mode on CentOS / RHEL.

Boot into emergency mode on CentOS / RHEL

Step 1 : Boot the system

Step 2: once the GRUB2 menu is displayed, press the letter « e » to edit

Grub menu

Step 3: at the end of the line starting with “Linux16”, type “systemd.unit=emergency”, then restart by pressing “Ctrl+x” :

Edit kernel line

Step 4: Enter the root password

root password required
emergency mode

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