I just downloaded and installed Raspbian Jessie Lite v2016-02-09 on my Raspberry Pi Zero. The DHCPCD process slows boot time by ~40 seconds. I do not plan to connect to the internet using my Pi. How can I disable DHCPCD / networking?

[...] A start job is running for dhcpcd on all interfaces (38sec / 1min 38sec)

I tried setting up a static IP address, but nothing changed.

2 Answers 2


sudo systemctl stop dhcpcd.service should stop dhcpcd.

It is also possible to set Raspbian to not wait for the network on boot (see raspi-config).

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    raspi-config does not work ! it is /etc/systemd/system/dhcpcd5 that starts dhcpd networking it seems a bug in upgrade Feb 27, 2016 at 19:43
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    This works, but then the eth0 interface is disabled. Tested on the latest raspbian-jessie-lite. Would appreciate the solution that does not disable the eth0. I suspect there is a bug somewhere in startup scripts? Strangely enough, wlan0 (on raspberry 3) is unaffected.
    – xmp125a
    Jun 1, 2016 at 18:27
  • @xmp125a If you have a question ask it - not as a comment on an answer.
    – Milliways
    Jun 2, 2016 at 0:02
  • I have the same problem. sometimes eth0 comes up, sometimes I get this delay waiting for dhcpd, and then eth0 never comes up, and as it is headless I can't get to it. Cheap hack I added ifup eth0 to /etc/rc.local and that forces the issue, but it would be nice to know what's wrong.
    – stu
    Jul 4, 2016 at 14:23

Disabling helped me much better. Even as the service was stopped after reboot my Pi kept performing the job. Hence,

 sudo systemctl disable dhcpcd.service

did the trick for me.

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