How to make directory writable by non-root users

To make folder writable by all the selected non-root users, group can be used in which specific non-root users will be added in the group.

The following steps requires root user privileges and can be followed in Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora and RedHat

1) Create a group:

sudo groupadd <groupname>

2) Add user to the group:

sudo useradd -g <username> <groupname>

If user is already present then use following command

sudo usermod -a -G <groupname> <username>

3) Change group of the folder recursively:

sudo chown -R :<groupname> <folderpath>

4) Make the folder writable for the group:

sudo chmod -R g+rwX <folderpath>

5) Set group id:

sudo chmod g+s <folderpath>

if directories are present under the folder, then use following command

find <folderpath>/var/www -type d -exec chmod g+s '{}' \;

when a new file is created in the directory it will inherit the group of the directory instead of the user who created the file.

Reboot the machine to check by creating a file/folder using GUI mode.


To make folder /var/www/ and all it subfolders writable,

sudo groupadd www

sudo useradd -g testadmin www


sudo usermod -a -G www testadmin

sudo chown -R :www /var/www
sudo chmod -R g+rwX /var/www

sudo chmod g+s /var/www


find /var/www -type d -exec chmod g+s '{}' \;

That's all !

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