Python os chown() Method with example

Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another section of our tutorial on Python. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be studying about the Os chown() method.

The Python os chown() method changes the owner and group id of path to the numeric uid and gid. To leave one of the ids unchanged, set it to -1. To set the ownership, you would need the super user privilege.


The following below is the syntax for Python Os chown() method -

os.chown(path,  uid,  gid);

Parameter Details

  • path - This is the path for which the owner id and group id need to be set up.
  • uid - This is the Owner ID that is to be set for the file.
  • gid - This is the Group ID that is to be set for the file.

Return Value

It does not return any value.


The following below is a simple example -


import os, sys

# Assuming /tmp/foo.txt exists.
# To set owner ID 100 following has to be done.
os.chown("/tmp/foo.txt", 100, -1)

print "Changed ownership successfully!!"

When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

Changed ownership successfully!!

Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be studying about the Python OS chroot() Method.

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