What are File Permissions?

File permissions are rules that govern which user roles can carry out which interactions with specific files and directories within a filing system, network, or device.

More About File Permissions

Each file and directory in a device comes with a set of permissions that govern how you interact with them. Those permissions can vary depending on user roles.

The three types of file permissions are write, read, and execute. Depending on the user role, you might be able to access files but not modify them or both. Some user roles will also be able to execute files.

The administrator is the only user role with complete write, read, and access permissions in an operating system. Other types of user roles will vary depending on the OS, software, or platform you’re using.

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