How to Add Users in Linux Using GNOME Desktop

Use GUI tools to add users quickly and without complex shell commands

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Use the graphical tools of your Linux distribution to add and configure new user accounts without resorting to a shell prompt.

Which GNOME?

For the purpose of this article, we used GNOME, version 3.32.0, running on Pop!_OS 19.04.

Open the User Settings Tool

Open the User Settings configuration tool:

  1. Click Activities.

  2. Type users.

  3. Click Users Add or remove users and change your password.

    Screenshot of an alternative method of opening the User Settings tool.
  4. You now have access to the user settings.

Adding Users

Unlock the Settings tool. Click Unlock and then, when prompted, type your user password. You must have sudo access for this feature to work.

Screenshot of unlocking the User Setting tool.
  1. Click Add User.

    Screenshot of the Add User button.
  2. Enter the necessary information for the user (a full name, select a username from the drop-down, select Allow user to set a password when they next login) and then (when finished) click Add.

    Screenshot of adding the new user.

If the account should be added to the sudoers group, to run commands and programs with elevated privileges, select Administrator for the Account Type. Otherwise, leave it as a standard user.

When the account is first accessed, the account owner must create and confirm a password.

Screenshot of the user password prompt.