Linux chroot command

Updated: 05/04/2019 by Computer Hope
chroot command

On Unix-like operating systems, the chroot command runs a command or an interactive shell from another directory, and treats that directory as root. This process is called changing root and the new root directory is referred to as chroot jail.

For a history of the command, and other information, see our chroot definition.

This page describes the GNU/Linux version of chroot.



chroot runs COMMAND with the root directory set to NEWROOT.

OPTION may be one of the following:

--userspec=USER:GROUP Specify the user and group to use. USER and GROUP may be specified by name or numeric ID.
--groups=G_LIST Specify supplementary groups as g1,g2,..,gN
--help Display a help message, and exit.
--version Output version information, and exit.

If no command is specified, chroot executes the command '${SHELL} -i'. By default, this is '/bin/sh -i'. This will drop you into a sh shell as root in the NEWROOT directory.

chdir — The system function for changing the working directory.