The older method of:

dscl . -create /Users/username

doesn't work because /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist can't be found. From what I gather, OSX Lion doesn't use this method anymore.

How can I create a new user solely from the Terminal?

  • dscl . launches interactive mode for me. This should still work...
    – Andrew Vit
    Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 7:22

1 Answer 1


They renamed the Directory Services daemon in Lion:


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