3.7.1 Displaying the Default and Active System-State Targets

To display the default system-state target, use the systemctl get-default command, for example:

# systemctl get-default
graphical.target

To display the currently active targets on a system, use the systemctl list-units command, for example:

# systemctl list-units --type target
UNIT                LOAD   ACTIVE SUB    DESCRIPTION
basic.target        loaded active active Basic System
cryptsetup.target   loaded active active Encrypted Volumes
getty.target        loaded active active Login Prompts
graphical.target    loaded active active Graphical Interface
local-fs-pre.target loaded active active Local File Systems (Pre)
local-fs.target     loaded active active Local File Systems
multi-user.target   loaded active active Multi-User System
network.target      loaded active active Network
nfs.target          loaded active active Network File System Server
paths.target        loaded active active Paths
remote-fs.target    loaded active active Remote File Systems
slices.target       loaded active active Slices
sockets.target      loaded active active Sockets
sound.target        loaded active active Sound Card
swap.target         loaded active active Swap
sysinit.target      loaded active active System Initialization
timers.target       loaded active active Timers

LOAD   = Reflects whether the unit definition was properly loaded.
ACTIVE = The high-level unit activation state, i.e. generalization of SUB.
SUB    = The low-level unit activation state, values depend on unit type.

17 loaded units listed. Pass --all to see loaded but inactive units, too.
To show all installed unit files use 'systemctl list-unit-files'.

This sample output for a system with the graphical target active shows that this target depends on 16 other active targets, including network and sound to support networking and sound.

To display the status of all targets on the system, specify the --all option:

# systemctl list-units --type target --all
UNIT                   LOAD   ACTIVE   SUB    DESCRIPTION
basic.target           loaded active   active Basic System
cryptsetup.target      loaded active   active Encrypted Volumes
emergency.target       loaded inactive dead   Emergency Mode
final.target           loaded inactive dead   Final Step
getty.target           loaded active   active Login Prompts
graphical.target       loaded active   active Graphical Interface
local-fs-pre.target    loaded active   active Local File Systems (Pre)
local-fs.target        loaded active   active Local File Systems
multi-user.target      loaded active   active Multi-User System
network-online.target  loaded inactive dead   Network is Online
network.target         loaded active   active Network
nfs.target             loaded active   active Network File System Server
nss-lookup.target      loaded inactive dead   Host and Network Name Lookups
nss-user-lookup.target loaded inactive dead   User and Group Name Lookups
paths.target           loaded active   active Paths
remote-fs-pre.target   loaded inactive dead   Remote File Systems (Pre)
remote-fs.target       loaded active   active Remote File Systems
rescue.target          loaded inactive dead   Rescue Mode
shutdown.target        loaded inactive dead   Shutdown
slices.target          loaded active   active Slices
sockets.target         loaded active   active Sockets
sound.target           loaded active   active Sound Card
swap.target            loaded active   active Swap
sysinit.target         loaded active   active System Initialization
syslog.target          not-found inactive dead   syslog.target
time-sync.target       loaded inactive dead   System Time Synchronized
timers.target          loaded active   active Timers
umount.target          loaded inactive dead   Unmount All Filesystems

LOAD   = Reflects whether the unit definition was properly loaded.
ACTIVE = The high-level unit activation state, i.e. generalization of SUB.
SUB    = The low-level unit activation state, values depend on unit type.

28 loaded units listed.
To show all installed unit files use 'systemctl list-unit-files'.

For more information, see the systemctl(1) and systemd.target(5) manual pages.