Trigger an action on a service using the appropriate tool.

⚙️ Compatible targets: Linux


nameName of the service.

This parameter is required.
actionAction to trigger on the service (start, stop, restart, reload, ...).

This parameter is required.

Outcome conditions

You need to replace ${name} with its actual canonified value.

  • ✅ Ok: service_action_${name}_ok
    • ☑️ Already compliant: service_action_${name}_kept
    • 🟨 Repaired: service_action_${name}_repaired
  • ❌ Error: service_action_${name}_error


method: service_action
  action: VALUE
  name: VALUE


The service_* methods manage the services running on the system.


Service name

The name of the service is the name understood by the service manager, except for the is-active-process action, where it is the regex to match against the running processes list.


The action is the name of an action to run on the given service. The following actions can be used:

  • start
  • stop
  • restart
  • reload (or refresh)
  • is-active (or status)
  • is-active-process (in this case, the "service" parameter is the regex to match against process list)
  • enable
  • disable
  • is-enabled

Other actions may also be used, depending on the selected service manager.


These methods will detect the method to use according to the platform. You can run the methods with an info verbosity level to see which service manager will be used for a given action.

WARNING: Due to compatibility issues when mixing calls to systemctl and service/init.d, when an init script exists, we will not use systemctl compatibility layer but directly service/init.d.

The supported service managers are:

  • systemd (any unknown action will be passed directly)
  • upstart
  • smf (for Solaris)
  • service command (for non-boot actions, any unknown action will be passed directly)
  • /etc/init.d scripts (for non-boot actions, any unknown action will be passed directly)
  • SRC (for AIX) (for non-boot actions)
  • chkconfig (for boot actions)
  • update-rc.d (for boot actions)
  • chitab (for boot actions)
  • links in /etc/rcX.d (for boot actions)
  • Windows services


# To restart the apache2 service
service_action("apache2", "restart");