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KUser is a tool for managing users and groups on your system

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  • Add/Edit/Remove users
  • Add/Edit/Remove groups
  • Password Management


KUser usually is not installed by default, so it has to be installed manually. KUser is part of the kdeadmin-package.

Once installed you can find it under Kickoff -> Applications -> System -> KUser (Kickoff -> System -> KUser if you use the classic menu style) , or start it with KRunner (Alt+F2) typing

Using KUser

After starting KUser a window opens containing two tabs: Users and Groups.

Kuser main.png


Double-clicking a user opens a dialog with several tabs. The amount of tabs is variable, depending on the type of the user storage system and whether quotas are being used.

User Info

  • Modify the user-properties like User-ID, Name, Address information or set/change a password for example. You can also deactivate an account.

Kuser edit user userinfo.png

Password Management

  • Change password settings, like the time after which a password has to be changed, or set a time at which an account will expire.

Kuser edit user password.png


  • Add or remove groups the user belongs to.

Kuser edit user groups.png


Double clicking a group opens a dialog, where you can change the name of the group and add/remove users to/from a group.

Kuser groups edit.png

Be careful deleting anything, as it can harm your system seriously!

Configure KUser

Click Settings -> Configure KUser and you can set up defaults for creating a new user:


  • set the shell, the home path or the UID.
  • choose if a home folder will be created and if a skeleton (standard configuration files) will be copied to the home folder.
  • set a private group, which creates a own personal group when a user is added and removes it, when the user is removed.
  • set a standard password policy.

Kuser settings general.png


  • set default paths for password, group file, password shadow file and group shadow file.

Kuser settings files.png


  • set preferences for users in a local network

Kuser settings ldap.png

In most cases you won't have to change the default settings, as they are sufficient for most users.

More Information

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