How can I permanently set ulimit -n 8192 in Centos 7?

Solution 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.

Solution 2:

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

Solution 3:

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