How can normal users (users without sudo permissions) shutdown the system remotely?

  • Is the user pi not per default in the sudoers list on raspian, thus sudo shutdown -h should work?
    – Ghanima
    Jan 22, 2016 at 20:53
  • @Ghanima yes, but this question is about non privileged users.
    – someonr
    Jan 22, 2016 at 23:03

2 Answers 2


You can use policykit (make sure policykit-1 is installed).

Create as root /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/all_all_users_to_shutdown_reboot.pkla with the following content:

[Allow all users to shutdown and reboot]

The advantage of this method is, that you can disallow a user to shutdown, if others are logged in (omit the *power-off-multiple-session).


The other way to do it is to add a line to your /etc/sudoers file:

ALL ALL=(root) NOPASSWD: /sbin/shutdown

Make sure you use visudo as root to edit the file. They will need to be on the box (ssh) to be able to run the shutdown command.

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