Creating Users on a Linux System

January 09, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve had to do any basic sysadmin stuff on a Linux box… seeing as I had to google the answers to this I thought I’d better write them down!

useradd syntax

useradd [options] {username}

Useful options are:

An alternative for ‘useradd’ though is ‘adduser’:

adduser {username}

This will then prompt you for all the information needed to set up the account.

making the user an administrator (with sudo)

As the root user…


Then underneath the entry for ‘root’ just add in an entry with the desired user name:

{username} ALL=(ALL) ALL