Group (database)

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group is a name service database used to store group information on Unix-like operating systems. The sources for the group database (and hence the sources for groups on a system) are configured, like other name service databases, in nsswitch.conf.

Seeing available groups on a Unix system[edit]

The contents of the group database (and available groups) can be seen with a variety of tools:

Command line[edit]

The getent command can be used to fetch group information.

Fetching a list of all available groups[edit]

getent group

Fetching a specific group[edit]

For a specific group called 'users':

getent group users

Python[edit]