The “root” user is the name of the user who can control everything on the entire computer. We call this the “super user” but this is not connected with the “su” (switch user) command. Here we will describe the proper way to escalate a normal users privileges to the root user on the system.

Applicable to Centos Versions:

  • Centos 4.x
  • Centos 5.x


Requirements including prerequisite reading or packages

Doing the work

  1. To become root, first you must right click and open a terminal on your desktop or conmtrol+alt+F2. Then, you type:
  2. Special note:


How to test

Common problems and fixes

If you’re using the control+alt+F2 option, you’ll need to enter the username “root” (without quotes) then your root password.

More Information


We test this stuff on our own machines, really we do. But you may run into problems, if you do, come to #centos on
Last Modified: 17 Oct, 2010 at 18:48:30