How to add a User Account on CentOS

CentOSOn both CentOS and Red Hat Linux systems you can easily create new user accounts with their own home directories.

Here’s how you do this from the command line. I’m assuming you’re logged in as root, and the new user we’d like to create is called “testuser”:

useradd testuser

Let’s give our testuser a password so s/he can login to the system via SSH:

passwd testuser

This will prompt for a new password (twice), followed by the message that “all authentication tokens have been updated”. Which is nice.

You can now login as “testuser” with your designated password. Testuser’s home directory is located here:


That’s all there’s to it – congratulations on creating a new user on your system ;-)