Linux Tutorial Series

Linux Tutorial Series – 117 – The chown command

Here is the video version, if you prefer it:

The chown command is used to change the owner and/or the group of the file. (Shotts, 2019)⁠ You need superuser permissions to do this. To change only the owner, its syntax is as follows:

chown newOwner file

If you want to change both the owner and the group, use:

chown newOwner:newGroup file

If you want to change just the group:

chown :newGroup file

As I said in the post where we talked about file permissions, I never needed to mangle with groups.

Hope you learned something new!


Shotts, W. (2019). The Linux Command Line, Fifth Internet Edition. Retrieved from Pages 128-129

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