How to Set Yourself as a Sudo User in Linux?

Granting yourself sudo (superuser) privileges in Linux allows you to perform administrative tasks that require higher-level permissions. This guide will walk you through the process of setting yourself as a sudo user in Linux, ensuring clarity and ease of understanding.

Understanding Key Terms

  • Sudo: Short for “superuser do,” sudo allows a permitted user to execute commands as the superuser or another user, as specified by the security policy.
  • Root User: The administrative user in Linux with unrestricted access to all commands and files.
  • Usermod: A command used to modify a user account in Linux.
  • Sudoers File: A configuration file that determines which users have sudo privileges and what commands they can run.


Before you begin, ensure you have:

  1. Root or an existing sudo user access.
  2. Access to the terminal.

Step-by-Step Guide to Set Yourself as a Sudo User

1. Open the Terminal

Access the terminal on your Linux system. You can do this by searching for “terminal” in your applications menu or using the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T.

2. Switch to the Root User or Use an Existing Sudo User

To grant yourself sudo privileges, you will need to have root access or use an existing sudo user. If you are not logged in as root, you can switch to the root user using the following command:

su -

Enter the root password when prompted.

Alternatively, if you are an existing sudo user, you can use sudo to execute commands as the root user.

3. Add Yourself to the Sudo Group

To grant yourself sudo privileges, you need to add your user account to the sudo group. Replace yourusername with your actual username:

usermod -aG sudo yourusername

If you are using an existing sudo user account, prepend the command with sudo:

sudo usermod -aG sudo yourusername


  • usermod: The command used to modify a user account.
  • -aG: The -a option appends the user to the specified group(s), while the -G option specifies the group(s) to which the user is being added.
  • sudo: The group to which the user is being added.
  • yourusername: Your actual username.

4. Log Out and Log Back In

For the changes to take effect, log out of your current session and log back in.

5. Verify Your Sudo Privileges

To ensure you now have sudo privileges, open a new terminal session and run a command with sudo:

sudo whoami

Enter your password when prompted. If the setup is correct, the output should be root.

Additional Tips

  • Editing the Sudoers File: For specific sudo permissions, you can edit the sudoers file using the visudo command, which safely edits the file to prevent syntax errors.
  sudo visudo

Add the following line to grant specific command permissions:

  yourusername ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /path/to/command


  • yourusername: Your actual username.
  • ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: Allows you to run the specified command without being prompted for a password.
  • /path/to/command: The specific command you can run.
  • Removing Sudo Privileges: To remove sudo privileges from your user account, use the deluser command:
  sudo deluser yourusername sudo


  • deluser: The command used to delete a user from a group.
  • yourusername: Your actual username.
  • sudo: The group from which you are being removed.


Setting yourself as a sudo user in Linux is a straightforward process that involves adding your user account to the sudo group. By following this guide, you can efficiently manage administrative privileges on your Linux system, ensuring both security and convenience. Proper management of sudo users helps maintain a secure and well-administered system, preventing unauthorized or accidental changes.