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

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

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System RHEL 8 / CentOS 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 / CentOS 8 Linux step by step instructions


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  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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