# How to find owner and group of a directory?

How can I find out owner and group of a directory in Ubuntu?

You can do this: 1st way:

ls -l /path/to/file


*the third field in the ls -l output is the user and the fourth is the group

2nd way:

stat /path/to/file

$stat py File: py' Size: 32 Blocks: 8 IO Block: 4096 regular file Device: 801h/2049d Inode: 429064 Links: 1 Access: (0777/-rwxrwxrwx) Uid: ( 1000/ razvan) Gid: ( 1000/ razvan) Access: 2012-07-27 17:49:05.682143441 +0300 Modify: 2012-07-01 03:58:02.848540175 +0300 Change: 2012-08-01 21:12:57.129819212 +0300  The razvan in the Uid field is the owner/user, the razvan in the Gid field is the group. 8-| 3rd way: Get only the user and group with stat: stat -c "%U %G" /path/to/file  • The default bashrc in ubuntu aliases ll to ls -l – Nemo Aug 13 '12 at 3:41 • As a heads up this is for GNU stat, specific to ubuntu this works, but looking for a portable (BSD supported solution) this is not the answer for you. – Luke Exton Oct 14 '16 at 16:29 • FWIW, on BSD (mac) this would be stat -f "%u %g" /path/to/file – KarlKFI Apr 6 '17 at 1:37 Run ls with the -l flag to show the owner and group-owner of files and directories in the current directory (or in a specific named directory). ~$ ls -l
drwxr-xr-x  2 owner group 4096 Aug 12 19:12 Desktop
...
~$ls -l /home/username drwxr-xr-x 2 owner group 4096 Aug 12 19:12 Desktop ... Run ls with the -l and -d flags to show this information about the current directory itself (or about a specific named directory): ~$ ls -ld
drwxr-xr-x  2 owner group 4096 Aug 12 19:12 .
~\$ ls -ld ~/Desktop
drwxr-xr-x  2 owner group 4096 Aug 12 19:12 Desktop

To get the owner and group of a directory you need

ls -ld /path/to/folder


Otherwise you get the attributes of the contents of the directory.

In Nautilus (the GUI file manager)

• Find the folder corresponding to the directory

• Right click it.

• Select Properties

• Select the Permissions Tab

Providing you have the permission to change the permissions you can change them from that window, too.

My subtle way

ls -alF /path/to/folder | grep -Ei ' ./'


sample output

drwxr-xr-x 2 some-user some-group 4096 Feb 28 02:29 ./

• Of course shorter way still to be stat /path/to/folder` command – Nam G VU Feb 28 at 2:43

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