I want to create admin user from the root directory as it can be done in magento-1.9 ,

Is it possible? How can I create a new admin user without CLI (SSH) and database?


You can create user using userFactory

 * User model factory
 * @var \Magento\User\Model\UserFactory
protected $_userFactory;

public function __construct(
    \Magento\User\Model\UserFactory $userFactory,
) {
    $this->_userFactory = $userFactory;

public function execute(){

    $adminInfo = [
        'username'  => 'killer',
        'firstname' => 'admin',
        'lastname'    => 'admin',
        'email'     => 'me@helloworld.com',
        'password'  =>'hello@123',       
        'interface_locale' => 'en_US',
        'is_active' => 1

    $userModel = $this->_userFactory->create();
    } catch (\Exception $ex) {

You can also refer how magento creates user git source

  • When addthis script & run in front then we get error 'Parse error: syntax error, unexpected 'protected' (T_PROTECTED) ' in magento 2. – Anil Jun 17 at 6:43

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