Creating users

A regular user is added to a controller by the controller administrator. This process yields an alphanumeric text string that encodes information about the user and the controller. This string is supplied (manually at this time) to the corresponding (real) person who will use it to register with the controller using their own client system. The user will be asked to enter an arbitrary (but hopefully meaningful) name to the controller as well as create a password for themselves. The controller name needs to be unique within the context of the local (operating system) user account. The user's password is stored on the controller.

Note: A "client system" is a computer, such as an Ubuntu system, that is on the network and has Juju installed.

At this stage, the user is registered to a controller and is allowed to perform the following additional actions (in the context of the controller):

  • List controllers (juju controllers)
  • Show controller details (juju show-controller)
  • List enabled controller users (juju users)
  • Show details for controller users (juju show-user)

To do anything further the user must wait to be granted access to a model by the administrator. See Users and models.

Note: User registration (and any other Juju operations that involves communication between a client system and a controller) necessitates the client be able to contact the controller over the network on TCP port 17070. In particular, if using the LXD provider, network routes need to be in place (i.e. to contact the LXD controller container the client traffic must be routed through the LXD host).

User creation and registration

To create user 'jon' (in the current controller):

juju add-user jon

Which will produce output similar to:

Please send this command to jon:    juju register

"jon" has not been granted access to any models. You can use "juju grant" to
grant access.

Send the command to Jon. The registration string contained in the command you send encodes the addresses of the controller. All Jon must do is enter the command on a client system with Juju installed and that is able to access the target controller's network:

juju register

The user will then be prompted to enter and confirm a password, and also supply a unique name for the controller.

Lost tokens

If a situation occurs where the registering token fails to work for some reason, or is lost, a new token can be generated by the admin user with the change-user-password command. For example, to generate a new token for 'jon', the admin user can use this command with the '--reset' switch:

juju change-user-password jon --reset

This should generate output like this:

Password for "jon" has been reset.
Ask the user to run:
     juju register MFsTBHBsb3AwKRMSNTQuODIuMTM0LjY2OjE3MDcwExMxMC4xNTAuOTAuMTc4OjE3MDcwBCAE0XRp7xXV9AMRpK9L89nWn-jtXn7qalK47AtVQhXPQhMGMjJ0ZXN0

The previous token will now be invalid, and the user should register with the new token.

Logins and logouts

On any given client system, each controller that shows up with juju controllers accepts a single login; a logout is necessary before logging in to the same controller. Note that a logout of a user on one client does not affect the same user session possibly underway on a separate client.

A newly-registered user is automatically logged in to a session. To log out of the current Juju user session:

juju logout

And to log back in, either on the same client system or not, using the same user we added earlier:

juju login -u jon

Once a user logs in they become the current user. The following is a quick way to determine the current user (as well as the current controller and model):

juju whoami

The command juju show-user can also be used to get the current user, in addition to other information on the user.

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