Users & Groups


With the local user manager of OPNsense one can add users and groups and define the privileges for granting access to certain parts of the GUI (Web Configurator).

Adding Users

To add a new user go to System ‣ Access ‣ Users and click on the + sign at the bottom right corner of the form.

Disabled Unchecked Can be used to (temporarily) disable an account
Username John A unique username
Password secret A strong password
Full name John Doe Optional, Full username
Login shell   The shell to use when logging in via the console.
Expiration date   Optional, if account should expire enter as mm/dd/yyy
Group Membership   Optional, select one or more groups
Certificate   Optional, check if a user certificate should be created
OTP seed   Optional, enter or generate a OTP seed (base32)
Authorized keys   Optional, paste ssh key for ssh console access
IPsec Pre-Shared Key   Optional, IPsec PSK

Creating Groups

Go to System ‣ Access ‣ Groups and click on the + sign in the lower right corner of the form.

Enter a Group name and a Description and add users to the group.

Add privileges to a group

After creating a group the privileges can be added by editing the group. Go to System ‣ Access ‣ Groups and click on the edit symbol (pencil) right next to the group you like to change.

To assign privileges, just click on the pencil icon on the right of Assigned Privileges. A form will be shown where each page can be either selected or deselected.

The search bottom at the top of this form can be used to quickly find the right page.


After making the right selection click on Save to store the new settings.

SSH and console login

User accounts can be used for logging in to the web frontend, as well as for logging in to the console (via VGA, serial or SSH). The latter will only work if the user’s shell is not set to /sbin/nologin and if group the user is part of is allowed SSH access.

In order to access OPNsense via SSH, SSH access will need to be configured via System ‣ Settings ‣ Administration. Under the “Secure Shell” heading, the following options are available:

Enable secure shell Global on/off switch.
Login Group Which user groups can access OPNsense via SSH.
Permit root user login Normally, only non-root accounts are allowed for security reasons. This option enables root login.
Permit password login The recommended login method is using SSH keys as it’s more secure, but this option will also enable password logins.
SSH Port Defaults to 22, but can be changed to make port scanning less effective.
Listen interfaces By default, SSH listens on all interfaces. You can limit this (to just the LAN, for example) for additional security at the cost of availability.