What is my Root password?

  • Posted on September 29, 2014
  • ChrisBoyAsked by ChrisBoy

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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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.”

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??

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.