How to Add a User and Grant Root Privileges on CentOS 6.5
- These instructions are intended specifically for adding a user on CentOS 6.5.
- I’ll be working from a sxi.io Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
It’s just one simple command to add a user. In this case, we’re adding a user called mynewuser :
Now set the password for the new user:
For a refresher on editing files with vim see: New User Tutorial: Overview of the Vim Text Editor
Find the following code:
## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
root ALL=(ALL) ALL
In this case, we’re granting root privileges to the user mynewuser . Add the following below that code:
mynewuser ALL=(ALL) ALL
Then exit and save the file with the command :wq .
If you’ve followed the instruction above correctly, then you should now have a user setup by the name of mynewuser which can use sudo to run commands as root!