How to enable iptables in CentOS 7

Just use the following commands to disable firewalld and enable the good old iptables in any CentOS 7 based VPS or server:

[[email protected] ~]# systemctl stop firewalld

[[email protected] ~]# systemctl mask firewalld
Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/firewalld.service to /dev/null.

[[email protected] ~]# yum install -y iptables iptables-services
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: mirror.centos.org
* extras: mirror.centos.org
* updates: mirror.centos.org
base | 3.6 kB 00:00:00
extras | 3.4 kB 00:00:00
updates | 3.4 kB 00:00:00
Package iptables-1.4.21-24.1.el7_5.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package iptables-services.x86_64 0:1.4.21-24.1.el7_5 will be installed
–> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

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Package Arch Version Repository Size
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Installing:
iptables-services x86_64 1.4.21-24.1.el7_5 updates 51 k

Transaction Summary
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Install 1 Package

Total download size: 51 k
Installed size: 25 k
Downloading packages:
iptables-services-1.4.21-24.1.el7_5.x86_64.rpm | 51 kB 00:00:00
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
Installing : iptables-services-1.4.21-24.1.el7_5.x86_64 1/1
Verifying : iptables-services-1.4.21-24.1.el7_5.x86_64 1/1

Installed:
iptables-services.x86_64 0:1.4.21-24.1.el7_5

Complete!
[[email protected] ~]#

[[email protected] ~]# systemctl enable iptables
Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/basic.target.wants/iptables.service to /usr/lib/systemd/system/iptables.service.
[[email protected] ~]#
[[email protected] ~]# systemctl start iptables

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