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What is this "root"?

The root user is a sort of "superuser" that can perform advanced system administrative tasks on your system. If you have a VPS or Dedicated Server plan you can use the root user to perform tasks that other users (such as your cPanel user) do not have the privilege of performing.

Learn more about the root user.

Is My Root User Hidden?

No. Your root user is not hidden. The "root" or "superuser" is a conventional part of every computer we administer. However, you will have access to a root user in a private hosting environment, which you can only get in a VPS or Dedicated Server plan.

There many different ways you can use your root user. You can log into WHM with user set as "root" and your root password (which you can request through AMP).

You can also use your root user for SSH.

Why is the "root" User a Secret?

The root user is not a secret. The root user or "superuser" is present in every Linux or "Unix-like" operating system. If you would like more information about what you can do with the root user, you may visit our full guide in the Support Center.

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