I need to know how to mark a file as executable but the check box is not there.


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  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal.
  2. Navigate to the location of your file by inputting cd command into the terminal Eg. cd /documents/, then enter the following:

    chmod +x yourfilename

To view if your changes had been saved enter the following ls -l in the terminal.

Other way to change your file to an executable is to right click the file, select PropertiesPermisions and tick Allow execution of the file as a program.

Hope this helps. Also to execute the file you first have to be in the directory where it is located. For instance if your file is located in the Documents folder, you have to cd ("change directory") in to that directory and then do this: ./yourfile.c

This is how it will look:

root@root:~/Documents$ ./file.c
  • You don't need to CD to the directory of the file to execute it if the directory is on the PATH or if you include the full path when executing like ~/bin/file-to-execute
    – laurent
    Sep 18, 2013 at 15:39
  • yes I know. But he barely knows how to make the file an executable (no offence). I only answered what he needed to know. Sep 18, 2013 at 15:44

As you say the checkbox is not there, I assume you are in the correct place to change it in Thunar so if the checkbox in Properties -> permissions is not there, it is because the file is not an executable file (if it is a script, did you include #!/bin/bash at the beginning?)

If the checkbox is there and you can't change it, it is because you are not alowed to change the file (not owner?).

  • I am logged in as the correct user. Also the file I am trying to do this on is a .jar. I am a complete noob at Xubuntu so if I cant quite understand some of the things you say I'm sorry.
    – Ben
    Sep 18, 2013 at 23:27
  • So this is why it can't be marked as executable as jar files are not executables directly. Have a look at this answer askubuntu.com/questions/321780/…
    – laurent
    Sep 19, 2013 at 6:09

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