chrpath - Man Page

change the rpath or runpath in binaries


chrpath [ -v | --version ] [ -d | --delete ] [ -r <path> |  --replace <path> ] [ -c | --convert ] [ -l | --list ] [ -h | --help ] <program> [ <program> ... ]


chrpath changes, lists or removes the rpath or runpath setting in a binary.  The rpath, or runpath if it is present, is where the runtime linker should look for the libraries needed for a program.


-v | --version

Display program version number

-d | --delete

Delete current rpath or runpath setting

-c | --convert

Convert the rpath setting into a runpath setting

-r <path> | --replace <path>

Replace current rpath or runpath setting with the path given.  The new path must be shorter or the same length as the current path.

-k | --keepgoing

Do not fail on first error, but process all arguments before returning the error.

-l | --list

List the current rpath or runpath (default)

-h | --help

Show usage information.

Exit Status


If all operations were successful


if one of the operations failed.  A failing operation terminates the program unless -k is specified.


This program cannot create an RPATH tag if the ELF does not have one, and it can only replace an RPATH with one of equal or shorter length. (Moving ELF sections following a lengthened string table would be difficult and error-prone at best, and is sometimes outright impossible due to issues like limited ranges in jump instructions.)


The chrpath program was written by Petter Reinholdtsen <>, based on works by Geoffrey Keating <> and Peeter Joot <>.

This manual page was originally written by Tollef Fog Heen <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).


May 4, 2002 change rpath/runpath in binaries