How to Enable and Disable Root Login in Ubuntu

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8 Responses

  1. Ruben Engelage says:

    Help I already had an login but just wanted to remove root access but now i rebooted and can’t login i just used the basic login that i got from the start username root password too now when i login it says incorrect password please help

  2. arun says:

    Hi Ravi,

    The above tip worked, but i want to activate root account in Ubuntu to login through login window. I am using Ubuntu 14.04.

    Please guide me on this..

    • Ravi Saive says:


      To login Ubuntu directly as root user, follow below instructions.

      Go to System -> Administration -> Login window -> Security tab, click on the check box “Allow local system administrator” and reboot the system and login directly using root user.

  3. Johannes Doet says:

    `sudo passwd -d root` only removes the password, `sudo passwd -dl root` also locks the account. Key-based SSH access might however still be possible. To completely disable the account use `sudo usermod –expire-date 1 root`

  4. karan says:

    Thanks a lot for the nice tip. I was searching for the same and finally found it here.

  5. libre-vinayak says:

    Straightforward crisp and simple! Exactly what I needed!

  6. rapido_liebre says:

    Great job! This exactly what I looked for. Thanks!

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