enable idletimeout

enable idletimeout


Enables a timer that disconnects Telnet, SSH2, and console sessions after a period of inactivity (20 minutes is default).

Syntax Description

This command has no arguments or variables.



Timeout 20 minutes.

Usage Guidelines

You can use this command to ensure that a Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH2), or console session is disconnected if it has been idle for the required length of time.

This ensures that there are no hanging connections.

To change the period of inactivity that triggers the timeout for a Telnet, SSH2, or console session, use the configure timezone command.

To view the status of idle timeouts on the switch, use the show management command. The show management command displays information about the switch including the enable/disable state for idle timeouts. You can configure the length of the timeout interval.


The following command enables a timer that disconnects any Telnet, SSH2, and console sessions after 20 minutes of inactivity:

enable idletimeout


This command was first available in ExtremeXOS 10.1.

Platform Availability

This command is available on the Summit X450-G2, X460-G2, X670-G2, X770, and ExtremeSwitching X440-G2, X620, X690, X870 series switches.