Deleting user on RHEL 8 Linux system can be accomplished using the userdel command.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to delete user on RHEL 8.
  • How to force user deletion.
  • How to delete user as well as its home directory.
Deleting user on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.
Deleting user on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
Software N/A
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to delete user on RHEL 8 Linux step by step instructions



  1. Take a note of the user and its username you wish to remove.

    You can list all system users by using the below cat command:
    # cat /etc/passwd
    
  2. Use the userdel command to remove a user. In this example we will remove a user with username redhat-user. Please note the -r option instructs the userdel command to remove also user's home directory:
    # userdel -r redhat-user
    
  3. Use the -f option to force the user removal in case the user is logged:
    # userdel -f -r redhat-user
    
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