How to Add New Users to Linux

by Steve McDonnell

From the Unity browser on the Ubuntu desktop, select the Gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen, choose "System Settings..." and then select "User Accounts." Click the "Unlock" icon, type your password and choose "Authenticate." Click the "+" to add a new user, select the account type, type the user's full name, type a username and choose "Add." Click "Account Disabled," type a password for the account and confirm it, and then choose "Change" to enable the account.

Command Line

You can also add a user from the command line. Open a terminal window and type "sudo adduser " followed by the username. Type your password if prompted by sudo. Enter a new Linux password for the user and then type it a second time to confirm it. Provide the full name, room number, work phone, home phone and other information as prompted, or press "Enter" to leave a field blank. Type "Y" and press "Enter" to confirm you want to add the new user.

About the Author

Steve McDonnell's experience running businesses and launching companies complements his technical expertise in information, technology and human resources. He earned a degree in computer science from Dartmouth College, served on the WorldatWork editorial board, blogged for the Spotfire Business Intelligence blog and has published books and book chapters for International Human Resource Information Management and Westlaw.

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