Chom is a command line utility that alters the permissions of your current directory and its subdirectories to work properly with your web server.

Specificaly, it executes:

$ chown -R g+w .
$ chmod -R <username>:www .


Install it from the command line:

$ gem install chom


From the command line, go into the directory you'd like to alter the permissions of, and execute:

$ chom

If permissions weren't able to be altered properly, chom will exit and suggest you attempt with sudo:

$ sudo chom


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake test to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitLab at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.