Sudo Alternatives

Of course, Sudo isn't the only game in town. I won't comment on these other options as I haven't spent much time working with them (and I'd probably be a bit biased). If you would like to add to this list, please send mail to

Open Source Sudo Alternatives

System-specific Sudo Alternatives

  • The Solaris pfexec command can be used to run commands with extra privileges, as determined by the security profile.

  • The AIX sysctl command can be used to run privileged commands on a local or remote server.

  • SCO OpenServer used to ship with a command call asroot but it has been removed from the current version.

  • HP-UX has a resticted verson of the SAM system administration tool that allows non-root users to perform specific tasks.

Commercial Alternatives

Sudo-like utilities for Windows