Create a standard user account on Kali Linux

Aside from being based on Debian rather than Ubuntu, another way that Kali Linux 1.0, the latest incarnation of BackTrack Linux 5, defers from BackTrack, is that the installer allows you to specify a password for the root system account.

However, it does not allow you to create a standard user account. Which means that you can only log in as the root user. Because of its intended use, there’s nothing wrong with that, but Kali Linux can be used for mundane desktop computing tasks just like any other desktop Linux distribution. As a result, creating a standard user account, or a standard user account with administrative privileges, becomes necessary.

Because Kali Linux ships with the same graphical management applications available on any distribution that uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, creating a user account is a pretty easy task. Just open the User Accounts tool from the System Settings management center. Then click on the “+” button.
Kali Linux download Add User Account tool

Select the type of account you wish to create. You may create either a Standard or Administrator account. Because the system has a root account, it is better to create a standard one, and su to root whenever you wish to perform administrative tasks. So, select Standard from the “Account Type” dropdown menu and specify a name and username for the account.
Standard Account Kali Linux download

Click on “Account disabled.”
Kali User Account

Then specify a password. The password hint is optional.
Kali Linux download User Password Account

Now, you have just created a standard user account. You may log out, then log back in using the newly created account.
Kali Linux download Administrator accountUser6

Kali Linux 1.0 was just reviewed on this website. You may read the review here, and download an installation image for your platform here.

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4 Comments

  1. I installed Kali fully on a desktop. Got given a root account by default, so I set up a second account – as a Standard user, my experience being that this is usually fine, then to perform root operations, use ‘sudo’ followed by a password entry at the terminal. I am unable to use my standard account to install any software (sudo apt-get install idle) for example. So if I can’t do this, and can’t also access my root account software/downloads then it kinda defeats the object of even logging into a standard account if I got to keep going into root every time I want to do something.

  2. isaacquayson

    i choosed standard with out any password now i cant access the root manu the password i entred is not correct and cant go back to admin beco the password is not correct. ihv tried toor and root still

    • try ‘root’ as username and then your installation password. works on mine – unless you have changed the root username manually since installation

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