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.



Can be used to (temporarily) disable an account



A unique username



A strong password

Login shell


The shell to use when logging in via the console.

Full name

John Doe

Optional, Full username

Expiration date

Optional, if account should expire enter as mm/dd/yyy

Group Membership

Optional, select one or more groups


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.

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 shell is not set to /sbin/nologin.

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.