How do I add a user in Linux?

I’ve been playing around with Ubuntu and was wondering how to add a new user to the machine. Can you point me in the right direction?


Ubuntu is one of the fast-growing favourite Linux distros out there and it’s been fun to see more and more questions present themselves. The thing to remember about Ubuntu is that it’s just Linux under the covers and widening your search for an answer usually gets you where you want to go.

In this case, just drop to your command line and type adduser <username> . Your machine will then walk you through a set of questions asking you to specify things like password, home directory, etc. Pretty easy once you know how. And don’t forget to keep your passwords strong. Using dictionary words, even one as obscure as myoripped, could mean that your new account could easily be compromised. Always remember to add some numbers and play around with case with it.

Good luck!

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