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July 4, 2009

Ho to reset Ubuntu password (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, gOS, Mint and other Ubuntu based OSs)

Filed under: user tipstricks — Antonio Portuesi @ 9:47 pm
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What if you lost your account password?
Before you destroy your linux installation check this out:

switch on your computer, and as soon as you can, strike the Esc key on your keyboard to display GRUB menu;

highlight and select the recovery mode;

your distro will boot into a recovery shell and, after you get a console prompt, type:

user@pc:~$ passwd user

where the user is your username;

choose, enter and confirm a new password when prompted;

restart your machine:

user@pc:~$ reboot

and take a deep breath.



  1. when you forgot your username, first typ ls /home

    Comment by maurice — April 16, 2012 @ 2:36 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for help. It worked fine but I was confused (and often am). The user@pc:~$ looked more like user@pc:~# on my cmd line. A newbie error but… slowed

    Comment by Joe — August 16, 2012 @ 3:42 am | Reply

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  6. I just purchased a FreeGeekChicago computer and they did not give me a password. I chose the guest login and I was able to run the xubuntu system. However, when I suspended the computer and tried to come back to the system, it asked me for a password. Is there any way to log in because I never had a password

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