How To Change Username in Kali Linux, Ubuntu, Debian Based Distro

How To Change Username in Kali Linux

In this article, we are going to learn how to change the username in Linux. Yes, how to change the username in Kali Linux and Ubuntu, Debian-based distro. Here we will rename the current username with the user’s home directory name. So how to change or rename username in Kali Linux, Ubuntu or Debian Based Distro let’s start. In this tutorial, I am using Kali Linux as the base distro.

Set the root Password

So first of all we have to enable the root User in the Kali Linux. We have to set the root password and then we have to login with the root user to change the user’s name.

Set root Password in Kali Linux

Restart your Kali Linux

Now after setting the root password we need to restart the Kali so all the services stop which is running on your Users.

Root Password in Kali Linux

Login with root

Now here at the login screen, we have to login with the root user. Using new credentials you can loin as root.

Login with root in Kali Linux

Change (rename) the Username and Home Directory

usermod command to change username under a Linux operating system. This command modifies the system account files to reflect the changes that are specified on the command line. This command to change your username and home directory. If you get an error about a process being in use for the old user name, kill that process (kill PID). Open a terminal and run these command to change your username and home directory from oldusername to newusername.

# usermod -l newusername -d /home/newusername -m oldusername

Change (rename) the Username and Home Directory

Change (rename) the Group name

groupmod command to change group name under a Linux operating system. Type the following command change the group name.

# groupmod -n newusername oldusername

Change roupname in Kali Linux

Create a symbolic link from /home/newusername to /home/oldusername

Some applications will show errors when we change the username because in some cases there are configuration files that point to the old username’s home directory. A solution for this is to create a symbolic link from the new home directory to the old home directory:

# ln -s /home/newusername /home/oldusername

Create a symbolic link from

Change the display name or full name

Replace the first name and last name with your first and last name, or whatever you want to show up on the login screen and various other places throughout the system. The following command changes your old full name to the new one.

# chfn -f "FIRSTNAME LAST NAME"  newusername

Restart your Kali Linux

Now after changing the username we need to restart the Kali Linux and Login with new username.

Root Password in Kali Linux

Login with New Username

Now here at the login screen, we have to login with the new username. Using same old username’s credentials.

Rename Username in Kali Linux

Video

In this video, I will show How To Change or Rename Username in Kali Linux | Kali Linux 2021.1.

Conclusion:

Change the username or rename the username in Kali Linux is easy. But you can create a new user account also. You can create a new account with low privileges which are used by another person who uses your computer. If you are getting any errors to follow this tutorial please feel free to comment below.

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