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gerrit create-account - Create a new user account.


ssh -p <port> <host> gerrit create-account
  [--group <GROUP>]
  [--full-name <FULLNAME>]
  [--email <EMAIL>]
  [--ssh-key - | <KEY>]
  [--http-password <PASSWORD>]


Creates a new internal-only user account.

If the account is created without an email address, it may only be used for batch/role access, such as from an automated build system or event monitoring over gerrit stream-events.

Note, however, that in this case the account is not implicitly added to the Non-Interactive Users group. The account must be explicitly added to the group with the --group option.

If LDAP authentication is being used, the user account is created without checking the LDAP directory. Consequently users can be created in Gerrit that do not exist in the underlying LDAP directory.


Caller must be a member of the privileged Administrators group, or have been granted the Create Account global capability.


This command is intended to be used in scripts.


    Required; SSH username of the user account.

  • --ssh-key
    Content of the public SSH key to load into the account’s keyring. If - the key is read from stdin, rather than from the command line.

  • --group
    Name of the group to put the user into. Multiple --group options may be specified to add the user to multiple groups.

  • --full-name
    Display name of the user account.

    Names containing spaces should be quoted in single quotes ('). This most likely requires double quoting the value, for example --full-name "'A description string'".

  • --email
    Preferred email address for the user account.

  • --http-password
    HTTP password for the user account.


Create a new batch/role access user account called watcher in the Non-Interactive Users group.

        $ cat ~/.ssh/id_watcher.pub | ssh -p 29418 review.example.com gerrit create-account --group "'Non-Interactive Users'" --ssh-key - watcher


Part of Gerrit Code Review