chown Command: Tutorial & Examples
Change the owner of a file or directory
chown command is a Unix and Linux command used to change the ownership of a file or directory. It stands for "change owner." The
chown command allows you to change the
owner of a file or directory, as well as the group owner.
Here is the basic syntax for the
chown owner file
owner is the name of the user or group that you want to set as the owner of the file or directory.
file is the name of the file or directory whose ownership you want to
You can also specify the group owner using the following syntax:
chown owner:group file
group is the name of the group that you want to set as the group owner of the file or directory.
You can use the
-R option to recursively change the ownership of a directory and all of its contents. For example:
chown -R owner:group directory
This would change the ownership of directory and all of its contents to the specified owner and group.
Note that you must have the appropriate permissions to use the
chown command. Only the owner of a file or directory, or a user with superuser privileges, can change its