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I would like to permanently set the open file limit for all users in Centos 7, but there seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there on the googles.

Find below all possible solutions or suggestions for the above questions..

Suggestion: 1

Unless they’ve done something really wacky (if so, blame systemd) that’s all set in /etc/security/limits.conf.

*    soft    nofile 8192
*    hard    nofile 8192

Something like that.

Suggestion: 2

It could be done by creating new config file in: /etc/security/limits.d/ (to be on safe side when upgrading etc). For example:


with content as written before by sysadmin1138:

*    soft    nofile 8192
*    hard    nofile 8192

Suggestion: 3

If you want to increase file limit for system service you’ll have to edit /usr/lib/systemd/system/SOME_SERVICE.service

add LimitNOFILE,


and run systemctl daemon-reload to activate changes.

Please refer to systemd execution Limit directives documentation