Software & Apps Linux How to Add Users in Linux From Cinnamon Desktop The 'adduser' command brings new users to a Linux-based computer by Jack Wallen Writer Jack Wallen is a former Lifewire writer, an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com, and the voice of The Android Expert. our editorial process LinkedIn Jack Wallen Updated on October 07, 2020 Linux Switching from Windows Tweet Share Email The multi-user nature of Linux makes it a no-brainer to provision a separate username and password to everyone who might access a given computer. The simplest method uses a shell prompt and the adduser command; this approach works on any Linux distribution and any GUI window manager. How to Add a New User Open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T. In the terminal window, issue the command: sudo adduser USERNAME where USERNAME is the name of the new user to be added, and type your own superuser (sudo) password. When prompted, enter and verify a password for the new user and then answer the questions. These questions are optional, but you should at minimum fill out the Full Name option. Type Y to save the information.