If you give a user sudo privileges how can I remove the sudo privileges and make the user become just a regular user?

I used:

sudo adduser username sudo

Now I've changed my mind.


If you're like me, you are just trying to figure out how to take away sudo access from a user. It's easy, just open sudo, and type the following in. Keep in mind that USERNAME can be replaced by the profile you are doing this to. In terminal type:

sudo deluser USERNAME sudo

This will only take sudo access away from the profile named USERNAME, and will not delete!

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    How is this suggestion different from the accepted one? – PerlDuck Feb 25 '18 at 18:00
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    Looks like Plane Guy is surfing on other peoples waves. – Alex_M Apr 5 '19 at 7:13

Just type

sudo deluser username sudo

This will remove the user named username from the group sudo.

Be careful not to remove the real adminuser from the sudo group.

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    @abu-bua: Please don’t approve changes that add entirely different solutions to existing answers (a practice commonly called “piggy-back answer”). Those should be posted as separate answers instead. The appropriate rejection reason is: “This edit was intended to address the author of the post and makes no sense as an edit. It should have been written as a comment or an answer.” (emphasis mine) – David Foerster Oct 2 '18 at 18:16

You can also use gpasswd:

sudo gpasswd -d username sudo

This will remove username from group sudo.

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