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Shutil module in Python provides many functions of high-level operations on files and collections of files. It comes under Python’s standard utility modules. This module helps in automating process of chowning and removal of files and directories.
shutil.chown() method in Python is used to change the owner and /or group of the specified path. 
 

Syntax: shutil.chown(path, user = None, group = None)
Parameters: 
path: A string value representing a valid path. 
user: A string value representing a system user 
group: A string value representing a group 
user and group can be also given by user id (uid) and group id (gid) respectively.
Return Type: This method does not return any value. 
 

Code #1: Use of shutil.chown() method to change owner and group of the specified path 
 

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# Python program to explain shutil.chown() method
   
# importing shutil module
import shutil
 
# importing Path class of pathlib module
from pathlib import Path
 
 
# Path
path = '/home/ihritik/Desktop/file.txt'
 
 
# Get the owner and group
# of the specified path
# using Path.owner() and
# Path.group() method
info = Path(path)
user = info.owner()
group = info.group()
 
# Print owner and group
# of the specified path
print("Current owner and group of the specified path")
print("Owner:", user)
print("Group:", group)
 
 
# Now, change the owner and group
# of the specified path
user = 'ihritik'
group = 'ihritik'
shutil.chown(path, user, group)
 
print("\nOwner and group changed")
 
 
# Print the owner and group
# of the specified path
info = Path(path)
user = info.owner()
group = info.group()
print("Current owner:", user)
print("Current group:", group)
 
 
# Change only group
# of the specified path
# and let owner as it is
group = 'root'
 
shutil.chown(path, group = group)
 
print("\nOnly group changed")
 
# Print the owner and
# group of the specified path
info = Path(path)
user = info.owner()
group = info.group()
print("Current owner:", user)
print("Current group:", group)
 
 
# Similarly, we can change
# only owner of the
# specified path and let
# group as it is

Output: 

Current owner and group of the specified path
Owner: root
Group: root

Owner and group changed
Current owner: ihritik
Current group: ihritik

Only group changed
Current owner: ihritik
Current group: root

 

Code #2: Use of shutil.chown() method 
 

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# Python program to explain shutil.chown() method
   
# We can also change owner
# and group of the specified path
# by passing owner id (uid) and
# group id (gid) as parameter
# instead of passing name of
# owner and / or group
 
 
# importing shutil module
import shutil
 
# importing Path class of pathlib module
from pathlib import Path
 
 
# Path
path = '/home/ihritik/Desktop/file.txt'
 
 
# Get the owner user and
# group of the specified path
# using Path.owner() and
# Path.group() method
info = Path(path)
user = info.owner()
group = info.group()
print("Current owner and group of the specified path")
print("Current owner:", user)
print("Current group:", group)
 
 
# Now, change the owner user
# and group of the
# specified path
 
uid = 0
gid = 0
shutil.chown(path, uid, gid)
 
print("\nOwner and group changed")
 
 
# Print the owner user and
# group of the specified path
info = Path(path)
user = info.owner()
group = info.group()
print("Current owner:", user)
print("Current group:", group)

Output: 

Current owner and group of the specified path
Owner: ihritik
Group: ihritik

Owner and group changed
Current owner: root
Current group: root

 

Reference: https://docs.python.org/3/library/shutil.html
 


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