How To Create A Magento 2 Admin User From The Command Line

February 1, 2019
April 12, 2019
Jarett Ehas

There may be a time where you are locked out of your Magento admin panel and only have access to a secure shell to the server that controls your installation. This guide will show you how to create and manage your Magento 2 admin users from the command line interface (CLI).

Opening a secure shell connection

In order to manage the Magento admin users from the command line, you will first need to connect to the server through a secure shell (SSH).

$ ssh {{{ssh-user:username}}}@{{{ssh-hn:hostname}}} -p {{{ssh-port:22}}}

Add Magento 2 bin directory to your PATH variable

If interested in running the Magento 2 commands from anywhere within your file system, modify the following example by adding the bin directory to your PATH variable. This can be done by appending the following snippet to your .bashrc or .bash_profile file:

export PATH=$PATH:{{{magento-path:/home/user/}}}/bin

How to create and edit a Magento 2 admin user

Create or edit your Magento 2 admin user. Depending on the version of Magento 2 that is running, parameters are not required to be passed with the admin:user:create command.

$ php {{{magento-path:/home/user/}}}/bin/magento admin:user:create

Admin user: example-user
Admin password: b8A3hJhuhh
Admin email: [email protected]
Admin first name: Jane
Admin last name: Smith
Created Magento administrator user named example-user

Here is an example of the complete command necessary for any installations requiring parameters to be passed. This command can be modified to fit your requirements.

$ php {{{magento-path:/home/user/}}}/bin/magento admin:user:create \
    --admin-user='example-user' \
    --admin-password='b8A3hJhuhh' \
    --admin-email='[email protected]' \
    --admin-firstname='Jane' \

Possible parameters with Magento 2

--admin-userAdmin username
--admin-passwordAdmin user’s password
--admin-firstnameAdmin’s first name
--admin-lastnameAdmin’s last name
--admin-emailAdmin’s e-mail address
$ php {{{magento-path:/home/user/}}}/bin/magento admin:user:create --help

  admin:user:create [options]

      --admin-user=ADMIN-USER                    (Required) Admin user
      --admin-password=ADMIN-PASSWORD            (Required) Admin password
      --admin-email=ADMIN-EMAIL                  (Required) Admin email
      --admin-firstname=ADMIN-FIRSTNAME          (Required) Admin first name
      --admin-lastname=ADMIN-LASTNAME            (Required) Admin last name
      --magento-init-params=MAGENTO-INIT-PARAMS  Add to any command to customize Magento initialization parameters
                                                 For example: "MAGE_MODE=developer&MAGE_DIRS[base][path]=/var/www/[cache][path]=/var/tmp/cache"
  -h, --help                                     Display this help message
  -q, --quiet                                    Do not output any message
  -V, --version                                  Display this application version
      --ansi                                     Force ANSI output
      --no-ansi                                  Disable ANSI output
  -n, --no-interaction                           Do not ask any interactive question
  -v|vv|vvv, --verbose                           Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug

  Creates an administrator

Unlock an admin user

If an admin account has been locked, the below command can be used to unlock the admin user.

$ php {{{magento-path:/home/user/}}}/bin/magento admin:user:unlock {{{m2-user:example-user}}}

If the admin user’s account failed to unlock, the following output will appear.

$ php {{{magento-path:/home/user/}}}/bin/magento admin:user:unlock {{{m2-user:example-user}}}

The user account "{{{m2-user:example-user}}}" was not locked or could not be unlocked