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KB-3193: How to create a new local account via command line on Mac OS X

Centrify Identity Service, Mac Edition ,  

12 April,16 at 11:19 AM

Applies to: Mac OS X version 10.6 and higher.
Is it possible to create a local user account using on Mac OS X only the command line via Terminal or SSH?

Login to the Mac command line (Terminal or SSH) as Local Admin and run the following sequence:
dscl . create /Users/username 
dscl . passwd /Users/username account_password
dscl . create /Users/username UniqueID 555
dscl . create /Users/username PrimaryGroupID 80
dscl . create /Users/username UserShell /bin/bash
dscl . create /Users/username NFSHomeDirectory /Users/username 
cp -R /System/Library/User\ Template/English.lproj /Users/username 
chown -R username:staff /Users/username 
dscl . create /Users/username RealName "Display Name"
dscl . create /Users/username hint "Password Hint"
dscl . create /Users/username picture "/Path/To/Picture.png"

  • The commands could be saved to a script and run (as root).
  • Make sure to use a UniqueID that is not already in use on the Mac system.
  • PrimaryGroupID of 80 creates an Admin user. 
  • PrimaryGroupID of 20 creates a Standard user.

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