How to change or modify the name of the user in Linux?
Published July 30, 2021
To change the name of a user, you must use the
usermod command followed by the
-l flag (login name flag), the new name of the user, and finally the old name of the user.
# Syntax sudo usermod -l new_user_name old_user_name
Imagine that we already have a user named
john in the system and want to change the name to
roy. To do that we can use the
usermod command like this,
# Change or modify the name of the user in Linux sudo usermod -l roy john
- Sometimes you may need to use the
sudocommand before the
usermodcommand to obtain the correct privileges to execute the command.
Try executing the above command in this online terminal to see the result.
That's all 😃!