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Python module to manipulate unix system accounts.

Project description

Python module to manipulate unix system accounts by calling standard unix commands user{add,mod,del} which do the actual system files manipulation.

Uses sudo to run the commands if not root (EUID not 0).


Unix Account packages are available from Cheese shop (PyPI) at

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pip install unixaccount



  • exceptions.Exception(exceptions.BaseException)

    • UnixAccountError

      • AlreadyExists
      • Busy
      • NotFound


create_user(username, group=None, homedir=None, password=None, mkhome=False, shell=None)
    Create a new user account

    Delete user account.

modify_user(username, group=None, homedir=None, password=None, mkhome=False, shell=None)
    Modify existing user account.

    Return numeric group ID for given group name or raise NotFound exception.

    Return numeric user ID for given username or raise NotFound exception.

    Return user name for given numeric user ID or raise NotFound exception


Copyright 2014 Michal Belica <>

Unix Account is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

Unix Account is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with Unix Account.  If not, see < >.

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