Right now, I know that I can change permissions for example with:

sudo chmod 550 directory

I wonder how I can check the actual folder permission.

  • Do you specifically need to see the permissions in octal (like 550), or is any format that shows them unambiguously sufficient? (If you don't need them in octal, then Radu Rădeanu's way is the normal way to do this.) Aug 14, 2013 at 9:54
  • is there a way to see them octal ? have you heard about that? right now it displays : lrwxrwxrwx , so it means : read and write for everybody, correct?
    – Private
    Aug 14, 2013 at 9:59
  • Yes, there are a few techniques for this. See How can I get octal file permissions from command line? Aug 14, 2013 at 10:00
  • even more stupid :D haha. thank you very much. I suddenly liked this way much more :)
    – Private
    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:01

2 Answers 2


You can use the following command:

ls -l directory


stat directory

or, if you want to see only the permissions in numeric (octal) format:

stat -c %a directory

"Destination folder is not writable or does not exists."

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Solution I Found

cd /var/www/html/pub/media
sudo find . -type d -exec chmod 777 {} \;

add media folder to permissions

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