chgrp man page

chgrp — change group ownership


chgrp {{group}} {{path/to/file}}

chgrp -R {{group}} {{path/to/folder}}

chgrp -h {{user}} {{path/to/symlink}}

chgrp --reference={{path/to/reference_file}} {{path/to/file}}


chgrp [OPTION]... GROUP FILE...
chgrp [OPTION]... --reference=RFILE FILE...


Change the group of each FILE to GROUP. With --reference, change the group of each FILE to that of RFILE.

-c, --changes
like verbose but report only when a change is made
-f, --silent, --quiet
suppress most error messages
-v, --verbose
output a diagnostic for every file processed
affect the referent of each symbolic link (this is the default), rather than the symbolic link itself
-h, --no-dereference
affect symbolic links instead of any referenced file (useful only on systems that can change the ownership of a symlink)
do not treat '/' specially (the default)
fail to operate recursively on '/'
use RFILE's group rather than specifying a GROUP value
-R, --recursive
operate on files and directories recursively

The following options modify how a hierarchy is traversed when the -R option is also specified. If more than one is specified, only the final one takes effect.

if a command line argument is a symbolic link to a directory, traverse it
traverse every symbolic link to a directory encountered
do not traverse any symbolic links (default)
display this help and exit
output version information and exit


chgrp staff /u
Change the group of /u to "staff".
chgrp -hR staff /u
Change the group of /u and subfiles to "staff".


Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

Reporting Bugs

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See Also

chown(1), chown(2)

Full documentation at: <…>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) chgrp invocation'

Referenced By

chown(2), cloginrc(5), group(5), shtool-install(1), shtool-mkdir(1), shtool-rotate(1), symlink(7).

November 2016 GNU coreutils 8.26 User Commands