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.

Related Posts

How to install Cairo-Dock on Simply Linux 5 Simply Linux is an Xfce-based distro from the same Russian team that publishes ALT Linux. After the customizing simply linux 5 post, the next obvious ...
Dual-boot Ubuntu 11.10, Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives You will find in this article, a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows 7 on a computer with two hard drives. If you are look...
Kali Linux 1.0.7 review The latest update to Kali Linux was released a few days ago. Kali Linux 1.0.7 review is a summary review of the main features of this latest upgrade t...
Disk Encryption in Fedora 16 No distribution's installer makes setting up disk encryption as easy as Anaconda, the Fedora system installer. And that has not changed in Fedora 16, ...
How to deploy Piwik Web Analytics on OpenShift Online Piwik Web Analytics is a Free Software traffic analytics application for Web publishers. If you have the resources to run your own, it is a good repla...
Upgrade the kernel on Linux Mint 17.2 If you recently upgraded an installation of Linux Mint 17.1 to Linux Mint 17.2, you'll still be using the same kernel, which should be Linux kernel 3....

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


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

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*