How to add and delete users on your Raspberry Pi

If you set up a Raspberry Pi and want to add another user to it, it’s easier than you might think. You’ll use a simple Terminal command and optionally include a password for the new user.

Here, we’ll show you how to add a user as well as delete one on Raspberry Pi.

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Add a user on Raspberry Pi

Open Terminal from the Task Bar at the top or from the Applications Menu under Accessories. Enter the following command replacing “bailey” with your new user’s name and hit Enter.

sudo adduser bailey

Raspberry Pi Add User

You’ll be prompted to enter a password for the new user. You can enter and confirm a password for them if you like. If you don’t want a password, leave it blank, hit Enter twice, and you’ll see “No password supplied”. You can then close Terminal.

Raspberry Pi Add User with No Password

After you create a new user, they will have a folder created automatically in the Home folder. To see the folder, open the File Manager from the Task Bar or Applications Menu under Accessories.

Raspberry Pi New User Folder

Remove a user on Raspberry Pi

If the time comes when you want to remove a user from your Raspberry Pi, this is just as easy as creating one. And you can delete their folder at the same time. Enter the following command in Terminal with your user’s name and hit Enter.

sudo userdel -r bailey

Raspberry Pi Delete User

The “-r” part of the command will also delete the user’s folder. So if you don’t want to remove the folder too, eliminate that part of the command.

As you can see, it takes only seconds to create a user on Raspberry Pi. So if you want to let someone else use it, with or without a password, you can do it easily.

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