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Introduction to chage command in Linux
chage command is used to view and modify the user's account and password expiry information. It modifies the date of password expiry, last password change, and account expiry. System administrators can use this command to manage the aging information of accounts.
In this article, you will find the different examples of
chage command to change the aging information of a user.
Different examples to use chage command
Only the root user or
sudo users can execute the
chage command. It takes the user name as an argument.
The syntax for chage command is:
$ sudo chage [options] user
1. Show the account aging information with chage command
-l option shows the aging information of an account.
$ sudo chage -l user
2. chage command to modify the last password change date
You can use
--lastday option to modify the last password change date. It takes a number of days(NUM_DAYS) or a complete date as an argument. If you specify the number of days, it will assign the date after NUM_DAYS since January 1st, 1970. You should provide the date in YYYY-MM-DD format.
$ sudo chage -d YYYY-MM-DD user
$ sudo chage --lastday YYYY-MM-DD user
3. chage command to set the account expiry date
You can set or edit the account expiry date by using
$ sudo chage -E YYYY-MM-DD user
$ sudo chage --expiredate YYYY-MM-DD user
4. Set the minimum number of days between password change
You can use
--mindays option to change the minimum number of days between password change. The user cannot change his/her password before the minimum days between password change. The number
indicates that the user can change the password anytime.
$ sudo chage -m NUM_DAYS user
$ sudo chage --mindays NUM_DAYS user
5. Set the maximum number of days between password change
The maximum number of days after which the password will expire. You can change it using
--maxdays option. When the maximum days and last password change date is less than the current date, the user will need to change the password to use the account. The value
-1 in this field removes the password validity.
$ sudo chage -M NUM_DAYS user
$ sudo chage --maxdays NUM_DAYS user
As you can see, it also updated the password expiry date , after which the password will expire.
6. chage command to set the number of days of inactivity
--inactive option sets the number of days of inactivity after the password has expired. The account will be locked after this time period of inactivity.
$ sudo chage -I NUM_DAYS user
$ sudo chage --inactive NUM_DAYS user
-1 in NUM_DAYS removes the account inactivity.
7. Set the number of days of warning before password expires
The user will be warned before his/her password expiry date. To set or modify the number of days of warning before a password expires, you can use
$ sudo chage -W NUM_DAYS user
$ sudo chage --warndays NUM_DAYS user
8. Using chage command without any options (interactive)
You can use
chage command without any options. It asks the users to enter the value for all the fields. You can either enter a new value to change the field or leave a blank to keep the current value. The current values are displayed between [ ] brackets.
$ sudo chage user
9. chage command to set password expires to never
To change the value in password expires, you have to modify the value in maximum number of days between password change. If you put the value
-1 in it, it will set the password expires to never.
$ sudo chage -M -1 user
10. Remove expiry date from user account with chage command
You can change the value in Account expires using
--expiredate option. If you provide the value
-1, it will remove the account expiry date.
$ sudo chage -E -1 user
These are the most important
chage command examples in Linux. You can use this command to view and manage the user's account and password expiry date.