AWS Cloud: Add users to EC2 Ubuntu instance

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If you already have access to your Amazon EC2 Ubuntu instance and are wondering how to add new users with SSH access, follow these steps:

SSH into your own instance

Let’s assume your IPV4 address is ec2–393–34–23– and default key name is default-pem.pem

ssh -i default-pem.pem

Add a new user

sudo adduser desaijay

If you want to add the user to the admin group:

sudo adduser desaijay admin

If you want to avoid typing the password over and over:

sudo vi /etc/sudoers

Add this below the user privilege section:


Switch the terminal session with a new user account

sudo su desaijay

Create a directory named .ssh in the home folder:

chmod 700 .ssh

Create authorized_keys file inside .ssh directory

chmod 600 authorized_keys

Generate the public key

Open the new tab in the terminal and hit the command to generate the RSA key-pair:

ssh-keygen -t rsa

Copy the key-pair:

cat ~/.ssh/ | pbcopy

Now go to the previous tab in the terminal and paste the key inside the authorized_keys file

ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EApYM+jrV08qOf3KyoOsHS/JFPf2Hcmv1FPnz3fs7TODIcgt5eC07d9FOu2PSXa1Pklasf9NZMHArP9woatVXwlx0EpGX1ofnIsvU/2/r7VUFqfM2Ms3ahioeH4iyceA8z+PHxSzVjD4FanB9Bqqp6bYoztNoMtmfksl7XMDxm6d+PbA4pChQTFHZN+gjED8Hl9SClQuDdZCM6mBcFWnNhoRWkNZHujJqxE25yl4Zc2KaRLPAPJRpnwu6uDsUIfNuTdqPui

Now, exit the ec2 instance. We will try to log in with our new user desaijay:


After hitting this command you may see that we are now logged in with our new user.


In this short article, we saw how to create a new user in an Amazon EC2 Ubuntu instance.

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