How to: Add new Sudo User in Ubuntu

created by BasicSysAdmin

Tags: Linux, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Debian, Debian 6, Debian 7

Jun 10, 2016


This guide will take you through the process of adding a new user and granting them sudo permissions by adding them to the sudo group in Ubuntu. This should work on all Debian based Operating Systems.

In order to follow this tutorial, you will need the following

  • Access to Ubuntu Terminal with Sudo/Root access

  • Adding a new user

    If you are creating a new account then you can use the following command to create a new user.
    sudo adduser username

    Add user to Sudo Group

    You can then use the following command to add that user (or any other) to the sudo group.
    sudo adduser username sudo

    You may need to logout/in for this to take effect.