capsetp - Linux


capsetp modifies a capability in the specified process or process’s thread by setting its effective value to the specified value. This can be useful for debugging purposes or for temporarily enabling or disabling a capability.




  • -v, –verbose: Print verbose messages.
  • -d, –data: Print the capability data in hexadecimal.
  • -v, –verbose: Print verbose messages.


To set the effective value of the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability for the current process to 1:

capsetp set cap_sys_admin 0 1

To get the effective value of the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability for the process with PID 1:

capsetp get cap_sys_admin 1

Common Issues

Error: "Operation not permitted"

Solution: Ensure that you have sufficient privileges to perform the operation.

Error: "No such process"

Solution: Verify that the specified PID is valid and that the process is still running.


capsetp can be used in conjunction with other Linux commands or tools for advanced tasks. For example, it can be used to:

  • Enable or disable capabilities for a specific process or thread.
  • Debug capability-related issues.
  • Temporarily modify capabilities for testing purposes.

Related Commands

  • capabilities
  • setcap
  • getcap