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Knowing how to list and check the status of running services is essential when debugging system issues. Learn how to list and manage Linux services using the Systemctl utility in this Linuxize tutorial.


In Linux, a service is a program that runs in the background. Services can be started on-demand or at the boot time.

If you are using Linux as your primary operating system or development, platform you will deal with different services such as webserver, ssh or, cron. Knowing how to list running services or check the service status is important when debugging system issues.

Most of the recent Linux distributions are using systemd as the default init system and service manager.