useradd(8) System Management Commands useradd(8)


useradd - створення запису користувача або оновлення відомостей щодо типового нового користувача


useradd [options] LOGIN

useradd -D

useradd -D [options]


When invoked without the -D option, the useradd command creates a new user account using the values specified on the command line plus the default values from the system. Depending on command line options, the useradd command will update system files and may also create the new user's home directory and copy initial files.

By default, a group will also be created for the new user (see -g, -N, -U, and USERGROUPS_ENAB).


The options which apply to the useradd command are:


Дозволити назви, які не відповідають стандартам.

-b, --base-dir BASE_DIR

The default base directory for the system if -d HOME_DIR is not specified. BASE_DIR is concatenated with the account name to define the home directory.

If this option is not specified, useradd will use the base directory specified by the HOME variable in /etc/default/useradd, or /home by default.

-c, --comment COMMENT

Будь-який рядок тексту. Зазвичай, це короткий опис облікового запису. У поточній версії використано як поле для повного імені користувача.

-d, --home-dir HOME_DIR

The new user will be created using HOME_DIR as the value for the user's login directory. The default is to append the LOGIN name to BASE_DIR and use that as the login directory name. If the directory HOME_DIR does not exist, then it will be created unless the -M option is specified.

-D, --defaults

Див. нижче, підрозділ «Зміна типових значень».

-e, --expiredate EXPIRE_DATE

The date on which the user account will be disabled. The date is specified in the format YYYY-MM-DD.

If not specified, useradd will use the default expiry date specified by the EXPIRE variable in /etc/default/useradd, or an empty string (no expiry) by default.

-f, --inactive INACTIVE

defines the number of days after the password exceeded its maximum age where the user is expected to replace this password. The value is stored in the shadow password file. An input of 0 will disable an expired password with no delay. An input of -1 will blank the respective field in the shadow password file. See shadow(5)for more information.

If not specified, useradd will use the default inactivity period specified by the INACTIVE variable in /etc/default/useradd, or -1 by default.

-F, --add-subids-for-system

Update /etc/subuid and /etc/subgid even when creating a system account with -r option.

-g, --gid GROUP

Назва або номер основної групи користувача. Відповідна група має існувати. Номер групи має вказувати на вже наявну групу.

If not specified, the behavior of useradd will depend on the USERGROUPS_ENAB variable in /etc/login.defs. If this variable is set to yes (or -U/--user-group is specified on the command line), a group will be created for the user, with the same name as her loginname. If the variable is set to no (or -N/--no-user-group is specified on the command line), useradd will set the primary group of the new user to the value specified by the GROUP variable in /etc/default/useradd, or 1000 by default.

-G, --groups GROUP1[,GROUP2,...[,GROUPN]]]

A list of supplementary groups which the user is also a member of. Each group is separated from the next by a comma, with no intervening whitespace. The groups are subject to the same restrictions as the group given with the -g option. The default is for the user to belong only to the initial group. In addition to passing in the -G flag, you can add the option GROUPS to the file /etc/default/useradd which in turn will add all users to those supplementary groups.

-h, --help

Показати довідкове повідомлення і завершити роботу.

-k, --skel SKEL_DIR

The skeleton directory, which contains files and directories to be copied in the user's home directory, when the home directory is created by useradd.

This option is only valid if the -m (or --create-home) option is specified.

If this option is not set, the skeleton directory is defined by the SKEL variable in /etc/default/useradd or, by default, /etc/skel.

Absolute symlinks that link back to the skel directory will have the /etc/skel prefix replaced with the user's home directory.

Якщо можна, буде скопійовано ACL і розширені атрибути.

-K, --key KEY=VALUE

Overrides /etc/login.defs defaults (UID_MIN, UID_MAX, UMASK, PASS_MAX_DAYS and others).

Example: -K PASS_MAX_DAYS =-1 can be used when creating an account to turn off password aging. Multiple -K options can be specified, e.g.: -K UID_MIN =100 -K  UID_MAX=499

-l, --no-log-init

Не додавати користувача до баз даних lastlog і faillog.

Типово, записи користувачів у базах даних lastlog і faillog буде скинуто до початкових даних, щоб уникнути повторного використання записів, які лишилися від раніше вилучених користувачів.

If this option is not specified, useradd will also consult the variable LOG_INIT in the /etc/default/useradd if set to no the user will not be added to the lastlog and faillog databases.

-m, --create-home

Create the user's home directory if it does not exist. The files and directories contained in the skeleton directory (which can be defined with the -k option) will be copied to the home directory.

By default, if this option is not specified and CREATE_HOME is not enabled, no home directories are created.

Каталог, де буде створено домашній каталог користувача, має існувати і мати належний контекст SELinux і права доступу. Якщо ці умови не буде виконано, програма не зможе створити домашній каталог користувача або створений каталог буде недоступним.

-M, --no-create-home

Do not create the user's home directory, even if the system wide setting from /etc/login.defs (CREATE_HOME) is set to yes.

-N, --no-user-group

Do not create a group with the same name as the user, but add the user to the group specified by the -g option or by the GROUP variable in /etc/default/useradd.

The default behavior (if the -g, -N, and -U options are not specified) is defined by the USERGROUPS_ENAB variable in /etc/login.defs.

-o, --non-unique

Дозволяє створення облікового запису із наявним UID.

This option is only valid in combination with the -u option. As a user identity serves as key to map between users on one hand and permissions, file ownerships and other aspects that determine the system's behavior on the other hand, more than one login name will access the account of the given UID.

-p, --password PASSWORD

defines an initial password for the account. PASSWORD is expected to be encrypted, as returned by crypt (3). Within a shell script, this option allows to create efficiently batches of users.

Without this option, the new account will be locked and with no password defined, i.e. a single exclamation mark in the respective field of /etc/shadow. This is a state where the user won't be able to access the account or to define a password himself.

Note:Avoid this option on the command line because the password (or encrypted password) will be visible by users listing the processes.

Вам слід переконатися, що пароль відповідає правилам складання паролів системи.

-r, --system

Створити загальносистемний обліковий запис.

System users will be created with no aging information in /etc/shadow, and their numeric identifiers are chosen in the SYS_UID_MIN-SYS_UID_MAX range, defined in /etc/login.defs, instead of UID_MIN-UID_MAX (and their GID counterparts for the creation of groups).

Note that useradd will not create a home directory for such a user, regardless of the default setting in /etc/login.defs (CREATE_HOME). You have to specify the -m options if you want a home directory for a system account to be created.

Note that this option will not update /etc/subuid and /etc/subgid. You have to specify the -F options if you want to update the files for a system account to be created.

-R, --root CHROOT_DIR

Apply changes in the CHROOT_DIR directory and use the configuration files from the CHROOT_DIR directory. Only absolute paths are supported.

-P, --prefix PREFIX_DIR

Apply changes to configuration files under the root filesystem found under the directory PREFIX_DIR. This option does not chroot and is intended for preparing a cross-compilation target. Some limitations: NIS and LDAP users/groups are not verified. PAM authentication is using the host files. No SELINUX support.

-s, --shell SHELL

sets the path to the user's login shell. Without this option, the system will use the SHELL variable specified in /etc/default/useradd, or, if that is as well not set, the field for the login shell in /etc/passwd remains empty.

-u, --uid UID

The numerical value of the user's ID. This value must be unique, unless the -o option is used. The value must be non-negative. The default is to use the smallest ID value greater than or equal to UID_MIN and greater than every other user.

See also the -r option and the UID_MAX description.

-U, --user-group

Створити групу, назва якої збігається із назвою облікового запису користувача, додати користувача до цієї групи.

The default behavior (if the -g, -N, and -U options are not specified) is defined by the USERGROUPS_ENAB variable in /etc/login.defs.

-Z, --selinux-user SEUSER

defines the SELinux user for the new account. Without this option, SELinux uses the default user. Note that the shadow system doesn't store the selinux-user, it uses semanage(8) for that.

--selinux-range SERANGE

defines the SELinux MLS range for the new account. Without this option, SELinux uses the default range. Note that the shadow system doesn't store the selinux-range, it uses semanage(8) for that.

This option is only valid if the -Z (or --selinux-user) option is specified.

Зміна типових значень

When invoked with only the -D option, useradd will display the current default values. When invoked with -D plus other options, useradd will update the default values for the specified options. Valid default-changing options are:

-b, --base-dir BASE_DIR

sets the path prefix for a new user's home directory. The user's name will be affixed to the end of BASE_DIR to form the new user's home directory name, if the -d option is not used when creating a new account.

This option sets the HOME variable in /etc/default/useradd.

-e, --expiredate EXPIRE_DATE

Встановлює дату вимикання новостворених облікових записів користувачів.

This option sets the EXPIRE variable in /etc/default/useradd.

-f, --inactive INACTIVE

defines the number of days after the password exceeded its maximum age where the user is expected to replace this password. See shadow(5)for more information.

This option sets the INACTIVE variable in /etc/default/useradd.

-g, --gid GROUP

Встановлює типову основну групу для новостворених записів користувачів. Можна вказати назву групи або числовий ідентифікатор групи. Вказана за назвою група має існувати, а GID має бути наявним записом.

This option sets the GROUP variable in /etc/default/useradd.

-s, --shell SHELL

Визначає типову оболонку входу для нових користувачів.

This option sets the SHELL variable in /etc/default/useradd.


The system administrator is responsible for placing the default user files in the /etc/skel/ directory (or any other skeleton directory specified in /etc/default/useradd or on the command line).


Не можна додавати користувача до групи NIS або LDAP. Для таких груп цю дію має бути виконано на відповідному сервері.

Similarly, if the username already exists in an external user database such as NIS or LDAP, useradd will deny the user account creation request.

Usernames may contain only lower and upper case letters, digits, underscores, or dashes. They can end with a dollar sign. Dashes are not allowed at the beginning of the username. Fully numeric usernames and usernames . or .. are also disallowed. It is not recommended to use usernames beginning with . character as their home directories will be hidden in the ls output.

Довжина імен користувачів не може перевищувати 32 символи.


The following configuration variables in /etc/login.defs change the behavior of this tool:



Відомості щодо облікових записів користувача.


Відомості щодо захищених облікових записів користувачів.


Відомості щодо груп облікових записів.


Відомості щодо захищених груп облікових записів.


Типові значення для створення облікового запису.

/etc/shadow-maint/useradd-pre.d/*, /etc/shadow-maint/useradd-post.d/*

Run-part files to execute during user addition. The environment variable ACTION will be populated with useradd and SUBJECT with the username. useradd-pre.d will be executed prior to any user addition. useradd-post.d will execute after user addition. If a script exits non-zero then execution will terminate.


Каталог, у якому містяться типові файли.


Окремі для користувачів ідентифікатори підлеглих груп.


Окремі для користувачів ідентифікатори підлеглих користувачів.


Налаштування комплексу для роботи з прихованими паролями.


The useradd command exits with the following values:




can't update password file


invalid command syntax


invalid argument to option


UID already in use (and no -o)


specified group doesn't exist


username or group name already in use


can't update group file


can't create home directory


can't update SELinux user mapping


chfn(1), chsh(1), passwd(1), crypt(3), groupadd(8), groupdel(8), groupmod(8), login.defs(5), newusers(8), subgid(5), subuid(5), userdel(8), usermod(8).

01/04/2024 shadow-utils 4.15.1