user locked in Linux

How To Check User Account Locked or Not In Linux

if you’re not aware of how to check the user account locked in Linux. So there’re many ways to find out. You can lock the user either by passwd or usermod command.

You can also use the chage -l username command to check the status of the user locked or not in Linux. if it’s locked you will see /sbin/nologin at the end of shadow file.

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Step 1: Lock the user password

passwd -l username

you can check user password locked or not in /etc/shadow file. If you find “!!” sign with this user that means password locked.

Step 2: To unlock the password

passwd -u username

Check the same file again. You must be seen there’s no “!!” means user password unlocked now. 

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Step 3: you can also lock the user account.

usermod -l username

To unlock the account,

usermod -U username

you can also check the user information with the below command.

lslogins username

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you can also use this command to check the status of the user password,

passwd -S username

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