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 January 23, 2020 Marc Schmerbeck / EyeEm / Getty Images 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.