How to delete a group from server via commandline – Unix/Linux

What is a group in Linux?

This is a way to organize Linux users. The group membership is administrated by the file “/etc/group” which includes a list of groups and its members. We can also define a user in different groups. In this case that particular user can access files in different groups where it has access.

What’s the command to delete a particular group?

You can add a group by using the command ‘groupadd‘ and also you can manage the same group by using the ‘groupmems’ command. Here is a command to delete the group from system/server.


# groupdel $groupname

Creating a group

[root@localhost ~]# groupadd testgrp
[root@localhost ~]# grep testgrp /etc/group

Deleting a group

[root@localhost ~]# groupdel testgrp
[root@localhost ~]# grep testgrp /etc/group

That’s it 🙂

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17 thoughts on “How to delete a group from server via commandline – Unix/Linux

  1. Thanks man, no bs right to the point, other websites have you skim through a 1000 word page jest to see how to do a simple task I didn’t want to learn all about users and groups I just couldn’t remember the groupdel command, it’s like backwards if you think about it should be delgroup “group you want to delete” but it didn’t work that way hummm lol, thanks again man…

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