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.
- Log in to your server.Log in to your system as the root user:
$ ssh root@server_ip_address
- Create a new user account.Create a new user account using the
addusercommand. Don’t forget to replace
usernamewith the user name that you want to create:
$ adduser username
You will be prompted to set and confirm the new user password. Make sure that the password for the new account is as strong as possible.
OUTPUT 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
Once you set the password the command will create a home directory for the user, copy several configuration files in the home directory and prompts you to set the new user’s information. If you want to leave all of this information blank just press
ENTERto accept the defaults.
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]
- Add the new user to the
sudogroupBy default on Ubuntu systems, members of the group
sudoare granted with sudo access. To add the user you created to the sudo group use the usermod command:
$ usermod -aG sudo username