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PHP | chown() Function

PHP chown() Function

Hello folks! welcome back to a new edition of our tutorial on PHP. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be studying about the PHP chown() Function.

The built-in PHP chown() function changes the owner of a specified file.


Following below is the syntax to use this function -

bool chown ( string filename, mixed user )

This function tries to change the owner of a file: filename to the user (specified by name or number). Only the superuser may change the owner of a file.

Return Value

This built-in PHP function returns TRUE on success and FALSE on failure.


Try out the below example -

   // File name and username to use
   $file_name= "index.php";
   $path = "/PhpProject/backup: " . $file_name ;
   $user_name = "root";

   // Set the user
   chown($path, $user_name);


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

/PhpProject/backup: index.php

Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about the PHP clearstatcache() Function.

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