How to create a new sudo user on Ubuntu Linux server


am a new Ubuntu Linux 16.04.xx LTS server user. How do I create a new sudo user on my server? How do I add a new user as sudoer file using the command line option on Ubuntu?


In Linux (and Unix in general), there is a SuperUser named root. The root user can do anything and everything, and thus doing daily work as the root can be very dangerous. You could type a command incorrectly and destroy the system. The sudo command allows a permitted user to run a command as the superuser (root user) or another user, as specified by the security policy. Often the sudo used on servers to give admin permissions and privileges to ordinary users. In this quick tutorial, you will learn how to create a sudo user on Ubuntu.

Steps to create a new sudo user on Ubuntu

First add the user, run: sudo adduser <UserNameHere>

Add the user to sudo group by typing the command in terminal for Ubuntu version 12.04 and above: sudo adduser <UserNameHere> sudo

In older version of Ubuntu (version 12.04 and older), run: sudo adduser <UserNameHere> admin

Verify it: id <UserNameHere>

More about admin and sudo group on Ubuntu server

The members of the admin group may gain root privileges. All members of group sudo run any command on Ubuntu server. So just add the user to the sudo group on Ubuntu server. The admin group has been deprecated since Ubuntu version 12.04 and above. Hence, no longer exists or used in Ubuntu 12.04 or above. The reason it works:

# grep -B1 -i  ^%sudo  /etc/sudoers



$ sudo grep -B1 -i  ^%sudo  /etc/sudoers


Sample outputs:

# Allow members of group sudo to execute any command


Let us see some practical examples.

How to add a new user named vivek to sudo using the command line?

Open the terminal or login to your remote server:

$ ssh root@server-name-IP-here

$ ssh

{ root@server:/root} #

How to add the user named vivek

# adduser vivek



$ sudo adduser vivek


Sample outputs:

Fig.01: How to add the new user on Ubuntu

How to create a sudo user on Ubuntu for vivek account

Type the following command:

# adduser vivek sudo


OR use the usermod command to add user to group on Linux:

# usermod -aG sudo vivek



$ sudo usermod -aG sudo vivek



$ sudo adduser vivek sudo


Sample outputs:

Fig.02: Add user vivek to sudo to get administrator privileges

How to print user account info

Verify new user and group membership with the [nicmd name=”id”]:

$ id vivek


Sample outputs:

Fig.03: Show user and group information

How to test sudo access for vivek user account

Now user vivek can login using the ssh command command as follows:

$ ssh


Verify that vivek can use sudo command:

$ sudo cat /etc/sudoers


The first time you use sudo command, you will be asked for the password of the vivek account. So type the vivek’s password to gain root access. Any command type with sudo should run with root privileges for vivek account. To gain root shell, enter:

$ sudo -s


Sample outputs:

Fig.03: Testing sudo access for vivek user account

And there you have it. Allowing other users to run sudo on Ubuntu server and granting users administrator privileges.



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