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From server machine, change the ownership of an object to a given client. Using command in an unintended way will log a message to .rpt file. To transfer ownership of all AI units in a group properly, use setGroupOwner instead.
Arma 3
Since Arma 3 v1.40, this command should not be used to transfer ownership of units with AI with the exception of agents.
Prior to Arma 3 v1.40 it was not possible to transfer the ownership from a client back to the server.


object setOwner clientID
object: Object - object to transfer
clientID: Number - the machine network ID of the new owner.
Return Value:
Boolean - returns true if ownership was successfully transferred, otherwise false


Example 1:
_someObject setOwner 12;
Example 2:
_someObject setOwner (owner _playerObject);

Additional Information

See also:
owner setGroupOwner groupOwner didJIPOwner


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Posted on 2017-08-22 - 18:56 (UTC)
NOTE: There are some interesting behaviour about the specific owner digits like 0 -2 and 2:
  1. Any mission objects (generated from SQM) initially have 0 owner state, but it is not local to ANYONE (0) like it is expected to be, but actually only to a SERVER (2). You can't make any object owner to be 0 once it was changed.
  2. Trying to change ownership to any negative digit will always result in attempt to transfer ownership to SERVER (2). Once it is unit (non-agent) it will fail and revert* to initial ownership.
  3. *Changing ownership of a unit (non-agent) actually gives a result for a brief time after this action is performed. What actually happens next - ownership is getting reverted with a message to RPT of a server. This can be seen by reading results of (owner _object) in really fast cycle.
Posted on 2019-02-12 - 01:15 (UTC)
Prints RPT warning "setGroupOwner should be used" as soon as there is one unit inside the vehicle, but performs the action successfully.