How to Create Users in Linux Mint

When you first install Linux Mint it is configured for use with a single user. While sharing a user account with the entire family is fine, there may come a time when you need to create separate users with their own unique Home folders.

Having different users means each user has access to his or hers own areas on the system. Documents, pictures, videos and so on are separate, as with multiple users on other operating systems.

Step 1 – Click on the Linux Mint Menu and type ‘users’ to begin searching for the relevant console. From the search results, choose Users and Groups and enter your password. The Users and Groups console is quite basic looking, and thankfully easy to use. At first, you can just see your own username from when you installed Linux Mint.

Step 2 – To add a new user, click the Add button at the bottom of the console. There are two types of
user you can create, Standard and Administrator. Unless the new user has need to install new apps or access parts of the file system beyond their Home folder, then opt for the Standard account type. Otherwise, use the Administrator account type.

Step 3 – Enter the new user’s Full Name, followed by the Username they need when logging into Linux Mint.
Make sure the username is all in lower case, a-z and 0-9 characters only. You can have full stops, underscores or hyphens if you wish. Click the Add button when you’re ready to continue.

Step 4 – The new user appears in the list of current Linux Mint users, in alphabetical order. At present, there’s no password set so click the user in the list of current users, then click the No Password Set option under the user’s username.

Step 5 – You can now enter a password for the new user or click the curled arrow at the end of the New
Password text box to generate a password for you, as well as displaying it. Naturally, it’s a good idea to come up with as strong a password as possible. When you’re done, click the Change button.

Step 6 – You can close the Users and Groups console window now, as the new user has been created. If you click
the Mint Menu, followed by Logout, you are presented with the Mint Login Manager. The new user is now present in the list of currently available users. Click on him/her to log them in.

Step 7 – Once logged in the new user is required to set up their own desktop wallpaper, icons, Panel, Menu
and so on. Depending on what Account Type you set up for them, Standard or Administrator, they won’t be able to install any new apps. This screenshot is from a Standard user account type.

Step 8 – You can create as many new accounts as you need and you’re able to switch between them
when required. It’s best to have just one account that’s capable of installing new software, that way you can keep track of what’s on your system.

Command Line Accounts

Just as you’d expect, you can also create a new user within the command Line. Open up a Terminal session under the main (yours) Administrator account.

The process for adding a new user from the command line is relatively simple. To begin with, type:

sudo adduser <username>

You’re then asked to create a new password for the user, along with their full name and other details. Click y to confirm the details and create the user account.

You can check the details and account type for the new user from within the Users and Groups console. If you want to delete a user from Mint, you can either enter:

sudo deluser <username>

in the Terminal or click the Delete button in Users and Groups.

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David Hayward

David has spent most of his life tinkering with technology, from the ZX Spectrum, getting his hands on a Fujitsu VPP5000/100 supercomputer, and coding on an overheating Raspberry Pi. He's written for the likes of Micro Mart, Den of Geek, and countless retro sites and publications, covering reviews, creating code and bench testing the latest tech. He also has a huge collection of cables.

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