What is my Root password?

Posted September 29, 2014 89.1k views

I somehow forgot the root password to our server via console window, and needed to access it - Is it possible to look it up without having to reset it?

I work with a number of people who have access to the same server as well, and don’t want to reset it for everyone just because I couldn’t remember what it is. Is there a way to look it up via account dashboard?


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funny that this psot doesnt have more love.

I mean, why the f&*k they don’t mention it when we setup a new droplet??

To set a root password, navigate to your Droplet’s page in the control panel. It should open to the “Access” section. Towards the bottom, there is a button to “Reset Root Password”.


I was only using SSH in the beginning so was missing the password too: “If you log in to your server using SSH keys and have not set up a password for the root account or a sudo user, you will need to use the DigitalOcean control panel to create a password for you.”

Another strategy is to log in as root using your pass phrase, then creating a new user for admin purposes. E.g., adduser administrator1 (you will be prompted for the password).

  • This is the “right” approach, and then add the user to sudoers with usermod, so complete sequence would be

    adduser myadmin
    usermod -aG sudo myadmin

Why this problem is not addressed ?

I set up a droplet and ten minutes later no password has been emailed to me. I reset it and get the password within 30 seconds. What a shambles.

If you are the one who has created the droplet and hasn’t changed the password yet, you can find it in your mailbox.

If not, there is no other way - reset it or ask other people who have it.

What is my root password

what is my username ? root username is not authenticate on this

Creating a droplet doesn’t send an email with your root password. I’ve created 3 or 4 over the years and I’ve never received one. So always reset your root password to get it.

I’ve installed DigBox on Virtual Machine and I didn’t know the id and password.
anyone please tell me how to fix this issue?

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