Linux Chown Command Tutorial with Examples To Change Ownership Of Files
chown command is used to change file and folders user , group and other ownership.
chown is very useful tool but sometimes becomes very dangerous because it can harm current owner policy.
chown mainly changes
execute owner according to given user or group.
chown is like below.
chown OPTIONS USER:GROUP FILE
List User and Group Owner
Before starting to change file and folders owner in Linux we should list current owners of the file. We will use
ls -l command which will list all files owner user and group of current working path.
$ ls -l
In this example we can see that all files have owner user
ismail and owner group
Using Root Account
While changing permissions and ownership in Linux the most straightforward way is using root account. Root account provides highest privileges so we will have the power to change things.
Change Owner User Name
The simplex usage form of
chown is changing owner user of given file. We will simple specify the owner username of file and file name to do this. In this example we will change owner user of file named
$ chown ismail acknow.txt
Change Owner Group Name
As we know the files and folders in linux have owner users and owner groups . We can also change owner group with
chmod command. We will put the new group name after
: . In this example we will change owner group to
$ chown :ismail acknow.txt
Change User and Owner Group Name
In previous steps we have changed the user and group ownerships of files in separate steps. We can do this user and group ownership change in a single step with
: . In this example we will change user ownership to
ahmet and group ownership
$ chown ahmet:ismail acknow.txt
Change Recursively and Folder Ownership
Changing ownership of files one by one is not a practical an easy solution if we have 1000 files. Or we may need to change all ownership of folders and subfolders with their file contents. We can use
-R for recursive operations.
$ chown -R ismail:ismail backup
While changing file and folders we may need to print verbose output about changes. We can use
-v option in order to change this.
$ chown -v -R ismail:ismail *