sudo The command was designed to allow users to run programs with another user’s security rights, the root user by default.
In this guide, we are going to show you how to create a new user with sudo access on Ubuntu systems. With this user account, you can then run administrative commands without having to log into your Ubuntu server as the root user.
Steps to create a sudo user
Follow the steps below to create a new user account and give it sudo access. If you want to configure sudo for an existing user, skip to step 3.
1. Log in to your server.
Log in to your system as the root user:
ssh [email protected]_ip_address
2. Create a new user account.
Create a new user account with the
adduser Command. Don’t forget to replace
username with the username you want to create:
You will be asked to set and confirm the new user password. Make sure the password for the new account is as strong as possible.
Adding user `username' ... Adding new group `username' (1001) ... Adding new user `username' (1001) with group `username' ... Creating home directory `/home/username' ... Copying files from `/etc/skel' ... New password: Retype new password: passwd: password updated successfully
After you set the password, the command creates a home directory for the user, copies several configuration files to the home directory, and prompts you for the new user’s information. If you’d like to leave all of this information blank, just press
ENTER to apply the default settings.
Changing the user information for username Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default Full Name : Room Number : Work Phone : Home Phone : Other : Is the information correct? [Y/n]
3. Add the new user to the
By default, they are members of the group on Ubuntu systems
sudo are granted with sudo access. To add the user you created to the sudo group, use the
usermod -aG sudo username
Test the sudo access
Switch to the newly created user:
su - username
let them run
If the user has sudo access, the output of the
whoami The command is “root”:
How to use sudo
To use sudo, just make the command. Ahead
sudo and place:
sudo ls -l /root
When using for the first time
sudo In a session you will be asked to enter the user password:
[sudo] password for username:
You learned how to create a user with sudo permissions. You can now log into your Ubuntu server with this user account and use it
sudo to execute administrative commands.
That’s all! Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.