I was playing around with Ubuntu & installing a few stuff from the terminal. One problem that quickly became a pain in the rear is that, I had to `sudo` everytime and give a password whenever a command that required admin privileges had to be run. Since, I was installing a few stuff, almost all commands required admin rights. So, without much ado, here’s how to open a terminal with permanent root privileges.

  1. Press Alt+F2. The “Run Application” dialog will pop up.
  2. Type “gnome-terminal” in the dialog and press “Enter”. This will open a new terminal window without admin rights.
  3. Now, in the new terminal window, type “sudo gnome-terminal”. You will be asked for your password. Give your password and press “Enter”. A separate terminal window with root privileges will open now. This is immediately visible because the usual “$” prompt changes to a “#” prompt.

There you go, 🙂 three cool steps to have your terminal with admin rights. If you press “Ctrl+Shift+N” from this new terminal, it will open another terminal window, which also has root privileges.


8 Responses to “How To: Open a root terminal in Ubuntu”

  1. traxen Says:

    You can also do this:

    1. Alt+F2
    2. Type “sudo su”. Check the box: ‘run in terminal’
    3. A new terminal opens and type your password in it.


  2. Aswin Anand Says:

    Yeah 🙂 that’s cool

  3. Sathya Says:

    Another way is Alt + F2 and “gksudo gnome-terminal” 😉

  4. Aswin Anand Says:

    Ah! yes. Didn’t think of that.

  5. James Says:

    I am running Ubuntu 9.04 and this operation does not work.
    I get a failed message:
    “Failed to contact the GConf daemon; exiting.”

  6. Chris Laurel Says:

    You can download an application called root terminal from the add remove applications icon. app uses gksu and installs in the system tools section of the applications menu. Good Times!

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  8. prashant Says:

    thx .. 🙂