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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.


    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.

    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.


    • Add or remove groups the user belongs to.


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


    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.


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


    • set preferences for users in a local network


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

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