Cisco IOS: Associate a user with default higher privileges

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Change or set password to a User:

Create user[edit]

Router#config terminal
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
Router(config)#username MY_USERNAME_1 privilege 5
Router(config)#username MY_USERNAME_2 privilege 7
Router(config)#username MY_USERNAME_3 privilege 15


sh running-config | inc user
username MY_USERNAME_2 privilege 7 password 7 04060F04241D1C5A5T
username MY_USERNAME_3 privilege 15

Example with error:

Router(config)#username MY_USER privilege 15 password MY_PASSWORD
WARNING: Command has been added to the configuration using a type 0 password. However, type 0 passwords will soon be deprecated. Migrate to a supported password type

Password: Enable Type 9 passwords for username MY_USERNAME_1[edit]

Read first:

R1(config)#username MY_USERNAME_1 algorithm-type scrypt secret MY_PASSWORD

Error in case user where already created with password option:

R1(config)#username MY_USERNAME_1 algorithm-type scrypt secret MY_PASSWORD
ERROR: Can not have both a user password and a user secret.
Please choose one or the other.

Delete user[edit]

R1(config)#no username USERNAME_TO_DELETE
This operation will remove all username related configurations with same name.Do you want to continue? [confirm]

Related terms[edit]


  1. Configure a user with public key access Cisco IOS/Configure public RSA key authentication
  2. Learn about different Cisco Router Password Types:
  3. List users: show running-config | inc username
  4. Delete a user with no username USERNAME_TO_DELETE command

See also[edit]

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