How To Add And Delete Users On Ubuntu 18.04
In this tutorial, we will show you how to add and remove users with useradd / adduser and deluser/userdel on Ubuntu 18.04.
To be able to create and remove users, you need to be logged in as root or user with sudo privileges .
How To Add User in Ubuntu:
Add a New User from the Command Line
In Ubuntu, there are two command-line tools that you can use to create a new user account: useradd and adduser.
useradd is a low-level utility for adding users, while the adduser a friendly interactive frontend to useradd written in Perl.
To create a new user account named username using the adduser command you would run:
You will be asked a series of questions. The password is required, and all other fields are optional.
Finally, confirm that the information is correct by entering Y.
The command will create the new user’s home directory, and copy files from /etc/skel directory to the user’s home directory. Within the home directory, the user can write, edit, and delete files and directories.
By default on Ubuntu, members of the group sudo are granted with sudo access.
If you want the newly created user to have administrative rights, add the user to the sudo group :
How To Delete a User
Delete a User from the Command Line
There are two command-line tools that you can use to delete a user account: userdel and deluser. On Ubuntu, you should use the deluser command as it is more friendly than the low-level userdel.
To delete the user, without removing the user files, run:
If you want to delete the user and its home directory and mail spool, use the
In this tutorial, you learned how to add and remove users in Ubuntu. The same commands apply for any Ubuntu-based distribution, including Debian, Kubuntu, and Linux Mint.