How to add a new user to Ubuntu

I find adding a new user in Ubuntu really confusing. Surely there should be a wizard program for it? Anyhow, for my records here is how I do it.

Create the user

useradd -d /home/username/ -m username

Set the users password

passwd username

Then I log in as the user

su user

Change the shell to /bin/bash


You can make the user a sudoer / administrator by using the massively confusing script name called adduser

Ubuntu 10:04

adduser username root

Ubuntu 13.04

adduser username admin

Ubuntu 14.04

adduser username sudo

Ubuntu 16.04

usermod -aG sudo username

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