How to Reset a Forgotten Root Password in Linux Mint

It’s not unusual for users to forget their root passwords. It’s a common occurrence especially if you haven’t logged in as the root user for a long period of time. It can happen to the best of us. But don’t worry. In this guide, we will walk you through how you can reset a forgotten root password in Linux Mint.

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To get started, power on or reboot your Linux Mint system. After a few seconds, you should get a grub menu on the screen as shown below.

Linux Mint Grub Menu
Linux Mint Grub Menu

On the first highlighted option, press 'e' on the keyboard to edit the grub parameters. You should get the screen shown below.

Linux Mint Grub Parameters
Linux Mint Grub Parameters

Next, scroll down using the arrow down cursor key until you get to the line beginning with 'linux'. Navigate until you get to the ro quiet splash section and add rw init=/bin/bash.

Change Linux Mint Grub Parameter
Change Linux Mint Grub Parameter

Then press ctrl + x or hit F10 to boot into a single-user mode as shown below.

Linux Mint Single-User Mode
Linux Mint Single-User Mode

To reset the forgotten root password in Linux Mint, simply run the passwd root command as shown.

# passwd root

Specify the new root password and confirm it. If the password matches, you should get a ‘password updated successfully‘ notification.

Reset Root Password in Linux Mint
Reset Root Password in Linux Mint

And finally, press Ctrl + Alt + Del to exit and reboot Linux Mint. You can now log in as the root user using the newly created password. And that’s how you can reset a forgotten root password om Linux Mint.

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20 thoughts on “How to Reset a Forgotten Root Password in Linux Mint”

  1. Running Linux Mint 20 updated on 1/1/2021 in single-user mode requiring entry of user password. Followed your instructions exactly and everything went as described. Entered and confirmed a new password and got “Password Successfully Changed”.

    Used F10 key to continued booting. Got Enter the Password login screen and entered the new password. It said “the wrong password” I tried the new password several times and still got “the wrong password” — So I entered the OLD password and log-in proceeded as normal. Did several reboots including one from the power-down state — no luck. The new password is not recognized by the OLD password is.

    So, as of January 1, 2021, the Grub modification of the root password does not seem to work. There is only one user on the system, so unless I don’t understand something the root password should be the Username password, right?

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  2. I have tried everything possible to change the login password on my laptop, with no results. I’m using Linux mint 19.3 cinnamon. Any suggestions out there!!

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