how can i change my Droplet’s root password as i dont remember the previous password i set

Posted January 5, 2020 665 views
UbuntuUbuntu 18.04

i am using ubantu 18
i uploaded a data on droplet
but the computer from which i access it through putty is not mine. now i need to change the password of root of droplet. but i dont remember the previous passwortd i changed. how can i do that

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Hi @swadeshibmart,

You can enter your droplet from the console in your Control Panel. As soon as you are in, just type the following passwd.

Here is some more information about the command

The passwd command changes passwords for user accounts. A normal user
may only change the password for their own account, while the superuser may change the password for any account.  passwd also changes the account or associated password validity period.



You can reset your password via your Control Panel. After doing so, it will email your account’s email address with the new root level password.

If using a firewall or fail2ban, you might also wish to whitelist your IP.

Once you login with your new password, it will ask you to change it. It will first ask for the current password, then ask you to enter the new one two times.

This article should provide more context into the process:

Warmest regards,
Sri Charan

Hello there,

If you’re unable to access your droplet you can try to reset the root password and then check your email and access the droplet via the web console.

You can reset your root password for your account. Navigate to the control panel. From the project, the Droplet is in, or from the main navigation’s Droplets page, locate the Droplet. Click the Droplet’s name to open its detail page, then select Access in the left navigation.

Click Reset Root Password to reset the Droplet’s password. You will receive an email containing the Droplet’s temporary password.

Note: Some operating systems use internally-managed passwords, which means you cannot reset the root password from the control panel. In these cases, you’ll see the following message in the Reset root password section:

Once you have received your new password you can either ssh to the droplet using your ssh client or access the droplet using the DigitalOcean console:

Log In with the Console

From the DigitalOcean Control Panel, first click the name of the Droplet you want to access, then select Access from the left navigation. Click the Launch Console button to open a web-based console session.

When the console opens, click the console screen and press ENTER to ensure that the login prompt has focus. At the login prompt, enter the user you want to log in as. This is typically the root user or a user configured with sudo privileges.

When prompted, enter the password associated with the account. For security purposes, your password will not be displayed on the screen as you type or paste it into the command line.

Once you’ve entered the password, press ENTER. If this is the first time you’ve logged in after resetting the root password through the control panel, you are prompted to enter the password again, then asked to choose a new password.

Once you’ve successfully entered your credentials you should be logged in to your Droplet.

Hope that helps!