How to add your user on a Linux system to the /etc/sudoers file the proper way.

Posted: May 11, 2017. At: 11:30 PM. This was 6 months ago. Post ID: 7253
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Add a user to the sudoers file on Linux easily

If you need to add your user on a Linux system to the /etc/sudoers file, this is how to do it properly.

I am adding a new UNIX user to my system. This user will have sudo access.

[email protected]:~$ sudo adduser adler
Adding user `adler' ...
Adding new group `adler' (1002) ...
Adding new user `adler' (1002) with group `adler' ...
Creating home directory `/home/adler' ...
Copying files from `/etc/skel' ...
Enter new UNIX password: 
Retype new UNIX password: 
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for adler
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
	Full Name []: UNIX User.
	Room Number []: 101100001010
	Work Phone []: 
	Home Phone []: 
	Other []: 
Is the information correct? [Y/n] Y

Then we add the user adler to the sudoers file. Use the visudo command for this task.

[email protected]:~$ sudo visudo

Then add the adler user to the file and save.

# This file MUST be edited with the 'visudo' command as root.
# Please consider adding local content in /etc/sudoers.d/ instead of
# directly modifying this file.
# See the man page for details on how to write a sudoers file.
Defaults        env_reset
Defaults        mail_badpass
Defaults        secure_path="/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/snap/bin"
# Host alias specification
# User alias specification
# Cmnd alias specification
# User privilege specification
root    ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
# Members of the admin group may gain root privileges
%admin ALL=(ALL) ALL
# Allow members of group sudo to execute any command
%sudo   ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
adler   ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
# See sudoers(5) for more information on "#include" directives:
#includedir /etc/sudoers.d

This will add the user adler to the /etc/sudoers file and then he will be able to execute commands after entering his password.

That is how easy this is. Remember to NEVER edit the /etc/sudoers file directly. Always use the visudo command.

There is more information on the /etc/sudoers file here:

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